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Can I use plain yogurt in a chocolate sour cream frosting?

I am making a chocolate sour cream frosting (in a similar vein to Amanda's Chocolate Dump-It Cake) wondering if I could use plain yogurt (already in my fridge) instead of sour cream. I have used yogurt successfully in baking recipes whenever sour cream is called for but as this is for frosting, should I not make the substitution?

asked by saragrad about 2 years ago
5 answers 3793 views
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added about 2 years ago

I have never tried this substitution before but I don't see it being an issue. It will just be a bit more tart and runny than it would with sour cream.

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added about 2 years ago

Absolutely. I don't even think it will necessarily be "more tart and runny" depending on what kind of yogurt you use, and given the wide variation of sour cream flavor and texture.

Dsc00426
added about 2 years ago

I would drain it overnight in the fridge in a sieve lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter first or it might be too liquidy.

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added about 2 years ago

If your yogurt is low fat, I wouldn't use it--I think it would be too unsubstantial and lacking in mouth feel for a frosting. Greek yogurt might work--it is thicker and has a high fat content. At any rate, draining the yogurt over night is a very good idea.

Dsc00731
added about 2 years ago

Thanks for all of your thoughts on this! Decided to go out and get a tub of sour cream in the end as I only had 0% yogurt in the fridge, which is pretty runny, sort of like heavy cream. But if I had greek yogurt I would definitely subtitute it next time.