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When making buttercream frosting, is it better to use salted or unsalted butter? The recipe doesn't specify.

Buttercream frosting

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ZombieCupcake added 12 months ago
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Most recipes call for unsalted butter for the best results, but I have used salted in a pinch with little to no difference by most people.

a Whole Foods Market Customer added 12 months ago

Hi Sugar Mama, Zombie is right you can use salted in a pinch. But unsalted is what you should strive for. It is usually understood in recipes that for baking you use large eggs and unsalted butter. Salt content varies by brand and it would be nearly impossible to balance extra perceived saltiness without compromising the texture of the frosting. Unsalted butter also tends to be fresher as salt is a preservative. Enjoy your buttercream!


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added 12 months ago

Unless you're going for a salted caramel taste, I'd get unsalted butter for all your baking.

Komal Andorinha added 12 months ago

I always use salted butter in everything I make and I make around 15 cakes a week..all delicious with no complaints! Salt brings out the flavour of all foods after all

Nicole Swenson added 12 months ago

I prefer unsalted myself because the amount of salt in regular butter doesn't seem to be too consistent. That being said, if I don't have any at home, I use regular and it still tastes great!


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added 12 months ago

The gold standard for buttercream is one made with unsalted butter. I agree with ChefJune that using salted butter definitely affects the taste.

dymnyno added 12 months ago

Definitely unsalted.

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