8 Steps to Making Perfect Buttercream: A Chow Bella Primer, Part Two

Categories: Sugar Rush

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Monday, Sugar Rush shared a primer explaining just what buttercream is -- and how many different kinds there are. Today: Make your own in eight steps.

See also: A Pastry Chef Makes Her Own Birthday Cake

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Step 1: Egg whites and sugar go into your mixing bowl and are placed over a pot of boiling water.

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Step 2: Whisk the mixture as it heats, dissolving the sugar and giving it some froth. Think of the sugar and egg as strengthening the mixture. It melts down and, with the protein of the egg, acts as the muscle for your buttercream.

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Step 3: When the sugar has dissolved (test by rubbing some of the mixture between your fingers to see if it is still gritty. If it is still gritty, your sugar hasn't dissolved; keep whisking). Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl as well, so that all the sugar is dissolved. The mixture will be a bit frothy.

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Step 4: Put the mixing bowl on the mixer with the whip attachment. Set it to high and whip until light and fluffy (meringue consistency), and the bowl is cool to the touch.

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