SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
This all-purpose buttercream has an ultra-silky, stable texture that spreads beautifully over cakes and cupcakes, and can be piped into perfect peaks and patterns.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Yield Makes about 5 cups
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips).
- Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl), about 10 minutes.
- With mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula, and continue beating until the frosting is completely smooth. Keep buttercream at room temperature if using the same day. If not, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Before using, bring to room temperature and beat with paddle attachment on low speed until smooth again, about 5 minutes.
- To tint buttercream, reserve some for toning down the color, if necessary. Add gel-paste food color, a drop at a time (or use the toothpick or skewer to add food color a dab at a time) to the remaining buttercream. You can use a single shade of food color or experiment by mixing two or more. Blend after each addition with the mixer (use a paddle attachment) or a flexible spatula, until desired shade is achieved. Avoid adding too much food color too soon, as the hue will intensify with continued stirring; if necessary, you can tone down the shade by mixing in some reserved untinted buttercream.
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
This Swiss Meringue buttercream is an essential in your pastry adventures! It is luscious, velvety, creamy and its perfect topped on cakes, cupcakes, tarts, cookies and anything baked.
Provided by Food Network
Yield Buttercream for 12 cupcakes or one 3-tier 6-inch cake
Number Of Ingredients 4
- In a small pot, bring 1 inch water to a boil over high heat.
- Place the egg whites and sugar in a medium metal bowl (or the metal bowl of a stand mixer) and place it on top of the pot, making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Whisk continuously (especially on the sides of the bowl) to prevent the egg whites from cooking, until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F and the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the bowl from the heat, transfer it to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until soft peak forms, about 5 minutes.
- Switch to the paddle attachment on low speed and add the butter, one piece at a time. The buttercream might separate but keep the paddle going-the mixture will soon homogenize. Increase the speed to medium and paddle until silky smooth, about 5 minutes. Mix in the vanilla and beat for another 3 minutes.
EASY SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
This buttercream is light and fluffy and good for those who don't like a sickeningly sweet American buttercream. Make sure you use real egg whites and not pasteurized egg whites (such as Egg Beaters®). They are heat processed and will not whip into a meringue.
Provided by Tanya Rosario
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Heat 1/3 cup sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and syrup just starts to bubble. Remove from heat.
- Pour egg whites into a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Beat in 2 tablespoons sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form.
- While the egg whites are beating, return the syrup to high heat. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the syrup reads 248 degrees F (120 degrees C). Pour syrup carefully into the stiff egg whites, with the mixer running on low. Increase speed and beat until meringue is thick and shiny and the bowl is cool to the touch.
- Beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a separate bowl until smooth. Beat in meringue until thoroughly mixed. Add almond extract.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 83.8 calories, Carbohydrate 3.9 g, Cholesterol 20.3 mg, Fat 7.7 g, Protein 0.2 g, SaturatedFat 4.9 g, Sodium 3.4 mg, Sugar 3.8 g
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
- Place the egg whites and sugar in large metal mixer bowl set over simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar melts and the mixture is very thin and warm.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Continue beating on low speed until cool, about 15 more minutes.
- Beat in small pieces of the cool but soft butter on low speed. The mixture may "curdle" before coming together. Add vanilla extract or other flavorings if desired. Rebeat occasionally while frosting the cake to maintain a smooth texture.
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
- Wipe the bowl of an electric stand mixer and the whisk attachment with lemon juice to remove any trace of grease. Add sugar and egg whites to the bowl.
- Whisk sugar and egg whites together in the bowl of the stand mixer over simmering water, whisking constantly but gently, until temperature reaches 140 degrees F (60 degrees C), about 10 minutes. Return bowl to the stand mixer.
- Whisk sugar-egg white mixture in the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until mixture is thick, glossy, and temperature of outside of bowl is room temperature. Change attachment to the paddle attachment and continue mixing on low speed. Add butter, 1 cube at a time; mix until silky-smooth. If mixture curdles, continue mixing and it will return to smooth.
- Pour vanilla extract and sprinkle salt into butter-sugar mixture; beat until fully incorporated.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 144.3 calories, Carbohydrate 10.1 g, Cholesterol 30.5 mg, Fat 11.5 g, Protein 0.8 g, SaturatedFat 7.3 g, Sodium 18.9 mg, Sugar 10.1 g
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
- 1. Lightly whisk egg whites and sugar together over simmering water until egg-white mixture is hot to touch or a candy thermometer reads 140°F (60°C).
- 2. Pour hot whites into a room-temperature bowl and whip with a wire whip until double in volume on MEDIUM-HIGH speed. When the mixer stops, the meringue should not move around in the bowl. Meanwhile cut up butter into 2-inch pieces. (The butter should be slightly moist on the outside but cold inside.)
- 3. On your mixer, remove the whip and attach the paddle. Add half the butter (1 1/2 lbs or 680 g) into the bowl immediately and pulsate the mixer several times until the meringue has covered the butter completely. To pulsate the mixer, turn it on and off in a jerky motion. This forces the butter on the top to the bottom of the bowl. Add the balance of the butter (1 1/2 lbs or 680 g) and pulsate mixer several times. Slowly increase the mixer's speed, starting with the lowest speed and increase the speed every 10 seconds until you reach a MEDIUM-HIGH speed.
- 4. Continue beating until the mixture begins to look light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl. Reduce speed to LOW. Add flavoring and continue to beat on LOW speed for 45 seconds. Then beat on MEDIUM-HIGH speed for an additional 45 to 60 seconds.
- 5. Leftover buttercream can be placed in plastic containers with lids and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost completely (several hours) and rewhip before using.
- Note: In hot weather, use 2 lbs 10 ounces (1.19 kg) of butter and 6 ounces (710 g) of hi-ratio shortening. Hi-ratio shortening is emulsified and contains water.
- Storage: Store the icing in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Yield: 2 1/2 quarts (2.37 L)
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM
This wonderfully delicious light and silky buttercream frosting is the spectacular finish your cakes and cupcakes deserve. It's truly bakery-quality. And as such, it does require more time than a traditional buttercream frosting, but like many good things-we think you'll find it's worth the wait. Besides, the Betty Crocker Kitchens pastry chef who created this recipe has written step-by-step instructions and tips to help you through every stage of the process. Here's what you should know before you dive in: First, you do actually need to cook your eggs and sugar over a pan of simmering water in a double boiler (to avoid burning) to a temperature of 160°F for food safety reasons-eggs are considered fully cooked at this temperature. Second, adding the softened butter one piece at a time, allows the egg whites-sugar mixture to combine properly, and this is what creates the silky texture that makes this recipe so irresistible. Third, it won't look like frosting until nearly the end. Seriously, it will look like soft, white meringue until the butter is fully incorporated-this might not happen until the very last piece of butter has been incorporated. Then, all of a sudden, it'll turn into frosting. So, the final thing to keep in mind, the most important thing, is: Don't panic. Just follow the recipe, and if you run into any trouble, check out the Expert Tips section below.
Provided by Betty Crocker Kitchens
Number Of Ingredients 4
- In medium glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites and sugar with whisk until blended. Set over pan of simmering water, beating occasionally, until sugar has dissolved and egg mixture reaches 160°F on candy thermometer, 16 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Pour into bowl of electric stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on high speed 2 to 3 minutes or until glossy peaks form and bowl has cooled to feel slightly warm. Still on high speed, slowly add 1 1/2 cups softened butter, one piece at a time, scraping side of bowl occasionally, until mixture is smooth, thick and shiny, 12 to 14 minutes. Beat in vanilla. If mixture separates, beat until smooth.
- Fill and frost 1 (8-inch) three-layer cake.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 320, Carbohydrate 25 g, Cholesterol 60 mg, Fat 4 1/2, Fiber 0 g, Protein 2 g, SaturatedFat 15 g, ServingSize 5 Tablespoons, Sodium 210 mg, Sugar 25 g, TransFat 1 g
SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM FOR CUPCAKES
- Place sugar and egg whites in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, and whisk until sugar has dissolved and egg whites are hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; it should feel completely smooth.
- Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high speed until mixture has cooled completely and formed stiff and glossy peaks, about 10 minutes.
- Add the butter, one piece at a time, and beat until incorporated after each addition. Don't worry if the buttercream appears curdled after all the butter has been added; it will become smooth again with continued beating. Add vanilla, and beat just until combined.
- Switch to the paddle attachment, and beat on the lowest speed to eliminate any air pockets, about 5 minutes. If using buttercream within several hours, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside at room temperature in a cool environment. Or transfer to an airtight container, and store in the refrigerator, up to 3 days. Before using, bring buttercream to room temperature, and beat on the lowest speed with the paddle attachment until smooth, about 5 minutes.
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- Watch the video tutorial above, review the troubleshooting tips, and read the recipe in full before beginning. Make sure all the tools you are using are completely cleaned, dried, and grease-free. A quick wipe with a little lemon juice or white vinegar is very helpful.
- If you haven’t done so yet, separate the eggs first. Separate 1 egg white in a small bowl, then place the egg white in your heatproof mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining egg whites. This way, if a yolk breaks in one of them, you don’t waste the whole batch.
- Whisk sugar into the egg whites, then set the bowl over a saucepan filled with just two inches of simmering water over medium heat. Do not let the bottom of the egg whites bowl touch the water. Whisk the whites and sugar constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture has thinned out, about 4 minutes. The mixture will be thick and tacky at first, then thin out and be frothy white on top. To test that it’s ready, you can use your finger or an instant read thermometer. Lightly and quickly dip your finger (it’s very hot, be careful) and rub the mixture between your thumb and finger. You shouldn’t feel any sugar granules. If using a thermometer, the temperature should read 160°F (71°C).
- No need to let it cool down to start this next step– it’s important to begin mixing while it is still warm. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (if you aren’t already using the metal bowl that comes with it). You can use a hand mixer instead, but this step takes awhile and your arm tires quickly. On medium-high speed, beat the mixture until stiff glossy peaks form and the meringue is no longer warm to the touch, at least 10-15 minutes. On particularly humid days, this has taken me up to 17-18 minutes. If it’s still not reaching stiff peaks, stop the mixer, place the bowl–uncovered–in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, then return to the mixer and continue beating until stiff peaks form. (This has always worked for me when it’s taking forever to reach stiff peaks.)
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How do you make whipped Swiss meringue buttercream?Whipped swiss meringue buttercream recipe that's perfect for cakes and cupcakes! Fit the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add the sugar and the egg whites into a heatproof mixing bowl. Whisk constantly until the mixture is hot, sugar is dissolved and the egg whites are a little frothy.
How to make meringue with egg whites and sugar?Pour 2/3 cup egg whites (make sure there are NO bits of egg yolks in with the egg whites or the meringue will not whip up) into the bowl of an electric mixer. Make sure the bowl is very clean and free from fat or grease. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar. Whisk together. Place the bowl on top of a pan of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water.
How do you make silky Swiss buttercream?A step-by-step guide to making silky Swiss buttercream. Add egg whites, sugar and salt in a bowl. Give the mixture a brief whisk. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the bowl. Whisk the egg whites occasionally while it warms up. When the mixture has warmed, whisk it constantly.
Is Swiss meringue buttercream better than regular buttercream?While Swiss Meringue Buttercream is more involved than regular American-style buttercream, it does have some very attractive qualities that make it well worth the effort. From its unique, velvety texture to its crust-free exterior, Swiss Meringue Buttercream is perfect for frosting layer cakes and decorating cupcakes.