I can vouch for bill, the chocolate buttercream recipe is delicious - here it is:
Bills Chocolate Buttercream
Hi…itís Bill. Iíve got the Chocolate Buttercream recipe for you (and
anyone else who is interested). My friend who gave it to me said it
was from gourmet magazine…not sure when or how old it is. It is very
similar to the Chocolate variation of the Mousseline Buttercream in
The Cake Bible ... with a little more chocolate and some cocoa powder.
Many people in my family find Ganache too aggressive as a frosting and
I like something a little more chocolaty than the regular chocolate
mousseline…so Iíve been using it a lot. I especially like it pared
with with chocolate fudge cake in the cake bible.
8 oz bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
Pinch of Salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of Tartar
1 pound of unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup (29 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder.
Just in brief…the method is the same as any buttercream: Melt the
chocolate over simmering water and allow to cool. Combine water and
sugar, bring to 248 degrees, Meanwhile, beat egg whites with pinch of
salt until foamy, add cream of tartar and beat until just holds stiff
peaks. Add syrup to whites and beat until cool. Beat in the butter, a
table spoon at a time. Sift cocoa powder onto the butter cream and
beat at low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and
beat in the melted chocolate.
Posted by: Bill | September 25, 2007 12:38 PM
I found the post and I pasted it here. This is my go-to chocolate frosting recipe. If you’ve never made a butter cream before, you might want to check the recipes in Rose’s The Cake Bible…just be sure that you don’t add the hot syrup all at once, be sure the egg white/syrup is cool before adding the butter, and be sure you add the butter gradually.
Good luck and I hope this helps.