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Can I use a partially melted stuck of butter to make buttercream icing?

asked by @mecte over 5 years ago
6 answers 6671 views
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sdebrango

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added over 5 years ago

The butter can be soft (room temp) but not melted as in liquid.

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ChefJune

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added over 5 years ago

imho, softened butter works better than brick hard.

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boulangere

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added over 5 years ago

Softened, of course, but not melted because the emulsion has been broken.

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added over 5 years ago

That depends on how much of it is melted. If possible, remove the more solid parts for the frosting, drain off the melted parts and use the melted butter for cooking something else.

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hardlikearmour

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added over 5 years ago

In my experience buttercream is a bit fussy - I'd avoid the melted butter. It's a real bummer when your frosting "breaks" and you have a grainy, soupy, mess!

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added over 5 years ago

Thanks for the advice! I ended up thawing another stick of butter to avoid any issues with the icing. Made a Swiss buttercream that turned out great! :)