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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.

asked by PistachioDoughnut over 3 years ago
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Stephanie Bourgeois

Stephanie is the Head Recipe Tester of Food52.

added over 3 years 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.


Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 3 years ago

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

added over 3 years ago

You can add a little lemon juice.

added over 3 years 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..

added over 3 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions..

added over 3 years ago

I usually add a dash or two of salt.

added over 1 year ago

I was surprised how easy it was. I just gradually added (whipping)cream until it tasted mellower and delicious.