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ATG117
added almost 4 years ago

I would have suggested adding cream cheese, but the addition of ricotta concerns me. Maybe wait to see if that's recuable by adding some more ricotta, and if not, start over.

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Shuna Lydon
Shuna Lydon

Shuna is a pastry chef in New York City and author of the acclaimed blog Eggbeater.

added almost 4 years ago

It sounds like you made American buttercream - you did if you did not cook your sugar... I find that the best fixes involve salt. I like the cream cheese answer her too - but I disagree that there's reason to start over. Sort of. Sometimes when I've made a batch of something that too _____ or not enough _____, I'll make another smaller batch and marry them.

Unfortunately this is what American buttercream is supposed to taste like - sugar and butter. Only with the additions of flavors, extracts, salt (I suggest staying away from table salt & reaching for sea salt or kosher salt), does this concoction taste alright. I like the idea of a ricotta buttercream - very cannoli of you. Ricotta can be tricky because it has a lot of water and water is the enemy of buttercream in general. I'm curious to know how you feel about it now?

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LucyS
added almost 4 years ago

Actually it was French buttercream, we did cook the sugar. We strained the ricotta so it wasn't too watery. More ricotta and some lemon zest helped a lot, but I'll definitely be reducing the sugar and butter next time.

Yianna
added almost 4 years ago

I would either whip more salted butter until almost white, and then combine with the sugary frosting. I agree with ATG - Not sure whether this would work since you've added ricotta, which can be quite watery.

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Amanda Arnold
added almost 4 years ago

I've ended up with a cloyingly sweet buttercream frosting with an hour before a family holiday before, and my favorite frosting fix is adding in some mascarpone. It's rich, thick, and though it has its own (heavenly) flavor, I find that it doesn't change the taste of buttercream like cream cheese might. Plus, if you have leftover mascarpone, use the leftover as dipping for strawberries, or also just eating by the spoonful...

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