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Buttercream Frosting too sweet

I had prepared a cake and the buttercream frosting is too sweet,I would like to make it little less sweet, is there way I can do this. If I whip up some eggwhites and fold them in will that be alright. Please help.

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added over 1 year ago

Adding meringue make make it too soft. You can beat in more soft butter or some cream cheese to help lower the sweetness level. This should increase the amount of frosting you have and decrease the concentration of sugar, but will still keep the buttercream consistency.


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added over 1 year ago

You could also try adding a flavored extract to offset the sweetness

ATG117 added over 1 year ago
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I vote for cream cheese. I tend to like my "butter cream" frosting with a touch of cream cheese anyway. I think it always makes for a better frosting.

Dona added over 1 year ago

You can add a little lemon juice.

PistachioDoughnut added over 1 year ago

Okay folks, I didn't really wish to add cream cheese but guess what I finally added cream cheese. It was good not too crazy sweet. The actual recipe called for veg shortening, which I was not keen to use. Do you all like vegetable shortening in frosting..yay or nay..

PistachioDoughnut added over 1 year ago

Thanks for the suggestions..

RedDog added over 1 year ago

I usually add a dash or two of salt.

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