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RLB's Silk Buttercreams

RuthWells's picture

Well, this sorta kinda belongs in Baking -- I think -- but just had to share with you all my latest foray into buttercreams.  My default has always been Italian Meringue buttercream, but wanted to try something new for the orange cake I'm making to bring to Mom's Thanksgiving feast.  I also was remembering some of our CT buttercream discussions, and Biscuit's strong preference (flavor-wise) for the French (all-yolk) buttercream.


Rose Levy Berenbaum has a Silk Buttercream (I believe she calls it) wherein the first step is creme anglaise, second step is Italian meringue, and third step is butter and beat it all together.  This appealed to me, thinking that the yolks in the creme anglaise will add richness, while the use of Italian meringue will ensure that the buttercream has enough body to hold up and be piped.  One of her variations is Caramel Orange Silk Buttercream, which I thought would fit the bill for this cake.


SO!  First we caramelize the sugar, add the milk and dissolve fully, then temper it into the egg yolks and proceed as for creme anglaise.  Let me tell you, the caramel creme anglaise alone is worth all the dirty pots and bowls.  Gotta strain it, of course, but it's just heavenly, both light and rich and mmmmmmmmmmmmm....... decadent.  Add some reduced O.J. and onward with the Italian meringue.  Beat the butter, incorporate the creme anglaise, add orange zest, beat in the meringue....... boy, this looks good, gotta lick the spatula...... absolutely divine. 


I haven't try to pipe it yet, but in the bowl it appears to have the same body and sturdiness as a standard Italian buttercream, but oh! the flavor!!  The yolks add a definite "something", and it got me to thinking about butterfat v. other fats (like yolks) as flavor releasers/receptors.  Anyone well-read on this issue?  The addition of yolks adds roundness and tempers the egg-whitey feel of a standard Italian buttercream.  And of course, the caramel and orange flavors are a wonderful marriage.


This is certainly NOT the fastest/easiest buttercream in the canon, but it certainly has its place!  A sophisticated buttercream for grown-ups.


 


Ruth Wells


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meljanbil's picture

(post #63324, reply #1 of 58)

You should be a food writer.  I could visualize I every step! Yum.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #3 of 58)

LOL, thanks, Mel!  I really felt like swooning over it, and ran around the house with tasting spoons making the kids and hubby try it, as well.


 


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Wolvie's picture

(post #63324, reply #5 of 58)

of course this was Sunday? ;-)

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RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #8 of 58)

Yes, I worked off the sake hangover by baking!!  (Orange cake, orange curd, cran-almond bundt, etc.)  Tonight I'm starting on the opera cake.....


; )


 


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 - G.B. Shaw

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RheaS's picture

(post #63324, reply #19 of 58)

Will this be your first go at an opera cake? I've never tried, but I always drool over the various recipes I have.

RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #20 of 58)

I made one in June, and it was surprisingly unintimidating.  After all, it's just cake, buttercream, ganache, and glaze, right?  ; )  It is time-consuming, of course, but the result is just to die for.  You should give it a try!


 


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 - G.B. Shaw

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #21 of 58)

Gonna try to post.  Be kind, it's my first attempt.  Let me know if you can even see them clearly, cuz I can't.

 


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KarenP's picture

(post #63324, reply #22 of 58)

  Those look STUNNING!  If this is recent could you take a closeup? 

Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #30 of 58)

I didn't take the pics, my uncle did. They looked clear on his puter, but not mine.


Thanks!


 


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KarenP's picture

(post #63324, reply #35 of 58)

They were clear, I just wanted it larger so I could lick the screen!

Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #40 of 58)

I am wondering how long I can keep ganache in the fridge, I got alot left over!

 


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FitnessNut's picture

(post #63324, reply #41 of 58)

Leftover ganache....hhmmmm.....gotta spoon????

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #42 of 58)

yeah really, my lil red headed cousin who was my helper wants to pipe now! He says that stuff is great!

 


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KarenP's picture

(post #63324, reply #44 of 58)

 I'm pretty sure I've heard Mean or Biscuit say you can freeze it.

TracyK's picture

(post #63324, reply #49 of 58)

Lovely job on the cakes!


As for the leftover ganache, roll it into little balls, then roll some in cocoa, some in powdered sugar, some in crystal sugar, some in chopped nuts, some in colored sprinkles, etc... voila! Tastly little chocolate truffles!



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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #51 of 58)

THanks sha,


Good idea! I shall to that today! Surprise the relatives!


 


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DeannaS's picture

(post #63324, reply #53 of 58)

You can freeze it, no problem. It will be a bit thicker upon defrosting, but you can always reheat a bit, or use it for whipped ganache.

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #56 of 58)

Merci, and I did.

 


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RheaS's picture

(post #63324, reply #23 of 58)

They're beautiful Fledge. The frosting on the chocolate one looks deliciously creamy and luscious. It's making me crave a chocolate cake complete with frosting.

Jean's picture

(post #63324, reply #24 of 58)

Oh, yummmmm. I think my blood sugar just shot up to 250 just looking at the pictures. ;)

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #31 of 58)

I started to break out in a sweat when it came time to pipe anything! It was yum!

 


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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #39 of 58)

THanks Rhea :-)


A special thanks to Cookiemonster, Biscuit and Ruthwells....see I have been reading and remembering.


:-)


 


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #45 of 58)

Happy to enable fledgling (Full-fledged) bakers!  : )  Truly, this is simply a case of "passing it on."  I have received so much encouragement and inspiration from the wonderful bakers here (Biscuit, CookiMonster, Helena, Wolvie, Meanie and others!) that I've been emboldened to try things I never would have attempted otherwise.  As I type, there is an opera cake sitting on my office credenza waiting for a birthday celebration later this afternoon.......


 


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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #47 of 58)

Yeah, but took me years of reading to attempt....


So thanks everybody!


 


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #25 of 58)

Fledge, those look terrific!  Drool...........  How did you get such nice, even tiers on the tiered cake?

Ruth Wells


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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #32 of 58)

Thanks oh Ruth of inspiration! even? I couldn't tell if they were cuz the cake stand is crooked. (a gift, lol...)


I use a cake level and a serrated knife though.


 


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #43 of 58)

Ah, the fabled cake level.  I may have to get me one of those....


I suppose, though, if everyone drinks enough champagne (or beer) beforehand, everything will look level anyway -- maybe I'll try that!


 


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"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #46 of 58)

The cake level didn't really work, I just used it to mark a level, then used a knife.


Let's put it this way, I had a BIG glass of wine when I started to pipe, they were calling me on the phone....."hurry up, bring the cakes!" Talk about pressure.


 


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RuthWells's picture

(post #63324, reply #48 of 58)

I had a BIG glass of wine when I started to pipe


You may be on to something here -- I find that the "looser" I am while piping, the better the effect.  You should send this in as tip!  ; )


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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Fledge's picture

(post #63324, reply #50 of 58)

hahaha


Snockered cajun piping technique.


 


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