Non-sour substitute for sour cream?

Can something else be substituted for the sour cream that is creamy but not sour? Possiblity heavy cream or whipped cream?

Chocolate Dump-It Cake
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CoffeeAndBaconYum April 17, 2019
Thanks for the suggestions! Wouldn't using Greek or regular drained yogurt contribute a tangy flavor to the frosting? Can ricotta, marscapone, or cottage cheese be blended fine enough for a smooth frosting texture & does anything need to be added to accomplish that?
Nancy April 17, 2019
Yes, yogourt will add a tangy flavor to the frosting, but the sour cream also has that flavor range, so it might not be a big change. If you don't want more sour, don't use this yogourt option.
Of the three cheeses, I think the mascarpone would blend easiest & smoothest (it's also a better match for the sour cream in fat).
The ricotta and cottage cheese can be blended fairly smoothly in a strong blender or processor and/or for a few minutes. My substitutions reference recommends blending with 1-2 oz whole milk (start with 1 tbsp, add more as needed till it reaches a texture you like).
CoffeeAndBaconYum April 17, 2019
boulangere April 16, 2019
Greek yogurt has been my replacement for sour cream for some time. I prefer Face 5% because it has the most "buttery" flavor of all Greek yogurts that I've tried.
boulangere April 17, 2019
My kingdom for an edit function. Make that Fage, autocorrect.
Exbruxelles April 16, 2019
Amanda H. April 16, 2019
You can use cream but the icing won't have the thickness or fluff -- it will be a ganache (thin but still tasty!). I've never tried it but I wonder if cream cheese or ricotta could work; seems worth experimenting.
liz A. April 16, 2019
greek yogurt comes to mind
Nancy April 16, 2019
Agree. Greek yogurt and drained plain will have about the same density/texture
Nancy April 16, 2019
plain or drained yogurt, cottage cheese, evaporated milk, creme fraiche
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