I’m going crazy trying to remember I recipe I recently tried for a buttercream frosting. I remember you first made poured fondant, let it cool and then added some of it to creamed butter. Next came powdered sugar and then vanilla. It tasted better I thought than just a plain butter/sugar mix. The fondant seemed to mellow it all out a bit. Has anyone heard of this method or have a recipe? I’d be very grateful. Thank you.
This sounds somewhat similar from the Chowhound site.
Whisk together in a saucepan 5 Tbsp flour and a cup of milk. Cook over medium heat until starting to thicken and cook for a minute or two more—don’t let it get too thick or it will be too stiff when it cools. Turn into a flattish dish (like an old-fashioned soup plate) and let cool, stirring now and again. If the roux is lumpy when it cools, just press it through a fine sieve.
Beat together a cup of unsalted butter and a cup of granulated sugar until light (you really need an electric hand mixer or stand mixer for this). Beat in the cooled roux about two tablespoons at a time. As you beat and add the roux, the frosting turns creamy instead of grainy from the sugar (I don’t know how it does that! It’s like a small, wonderful miracle.). Add 1-2 tsp vanilla and beat some more until it’s light and creamy. Fantastic frosting. I filled and frosted a chocolate cake with it and put lots of coconut in the middle and all over the top and sides.
This is an interesting tidbit on Wikipedia:
“Fondant buttercream is made by creaming together equal parts fondant and butter.” Unfortunately it did not offer any recipe. I hope you’ll post the recipe if
you come across it again.
I’m going to try this, because it seems vaguely familiar. I remember kneading the fondant to soften it, and I think I did cream it with the butter. The frosting was much smoother than if made without. I’ve just made a humongous cake for my husband for Valentine’s Day, so it might be a little while before I try it. Thanks so much for the tip.
Marcy Goldman had a recipe on her site for this. I remember seeing it. I may have printed it. I’ll check and let you know. You could get it from her site but you have to pay to get it. I don’t have a subscription but it was posted on her site as a “free” recipe.
Yes! There is a recipe for buttercream using poured fondant for part of the powdered sugar. I’ve got it in the book The Sweet Side of Amy’s Bread. You basically cream butter and the poured fondant together with salt and vanilla until creamy, then gradually add in the powdered sugar. It’s really good. It reduces the graininess from the powdered sugar and gives the buttercream and more luscious mouth feel, and it has a creamier texture. They developed their recipe by simply using the recipe for basic confectioner’s sugar buttercream (found on the back of the bag of powdered sugar) and replacing a portion of the powdered sugar with poured fondant.
It’s heavenly on a yellow butter cake.
Also, they use poured fondant in their Cream Cheese Frosting instead of powdered sugar. AMAZING. I have never had a better, silkier cream cheese frosting.
Thanks, Roxanne, for reporting on the frostings from Amy’s new book. I had read the recipes but was a bit nervous to try them and stuck with the true and tested. But now….. Appreciate the information.
Well, I know for a fact that the recipes from “The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread” ARE in copyright as I have the book here in front of me. Crediting the author does nothing if you have not had their permission. Go out, buy the book and support the author!
If it’s so terrific and you don’t think she would want it up here without permission, maybe you can reach the author and ask her. Crediting the author plugs them and putting up one of their recipes that is really terrific will encourage people to buy her book. Seriously, it is hard for most authors to get a lot of sales. My local bookstores don’t carry that book and Amy’s not a wildly popular author so she would benefit from the exposure.