Sunday, March 01, 2009

Chocolate Buttercream (Page 735)


  • Date: Friday, February 6, 2009 -- 8pm
  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • Kitchen: My Apartment
  • Dining Companions: Matty, Terry, Teri, Karen H, and Dave
  • Recipe Rating: B

This was the frosting for a cake I made a few weeks ago. I forgot to take a picture of the frosting alone, so what you see above is the finished cake. The picture is a little misleading because you can't actually see any of the chocolate frosting. It's there though -- between the layers and underneath the chopped nuts on the sides! This recipe was an example of a type of frosting called meringue buttercream. To make a meringue buttercream you start by boiling sugar water to a temperature of 248 degrees. Meanwhile, you beat egg whites in a stand mixer until they just hold stiff peaks. Then you carefully and slowly pour the boiling sugar syrup into the egg whites, beating constantly. You continue to beat the mixture until it cools, then beat in a whole lot of butter, one tablespoon at a time. In this case (since it was chocolate buttercream) the recipe called for cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate to also be added. This frosting was fine. It wasn't as light as I usually expect from a meringue buttercream. The ratio of egg whites to the other ingredients was lower in this recipe than in the recipe I usually use, which probably accounted for the difference. It had a good flavor -- very chocolatey and rich. It wasn't the best chocolate frosting I have made, but it certainly didn't taste bad!

Here is the recipe.

What a crazy weekend! Friday afternoon, after I taught my class, my special gentleman and I flew down to North Carolina, where my parents picked us up at the airport, took us out to dinner, then drove us to their house in South Carolina. We arrived at their place late in the evening. We sat around and chatted for a while, then went to bed so we could get up early Saturday morning. We started the day on Saturday by driving to the nearest city (well, city might be a stretch...) about 25 miles away, to pick up a moving van. My parents recently sold their house and are moving out next week. They are moving into a smaller place, so they gave us a bunch of the their (really nice!) furniture! So we spent several hours Saturday morning loading a truck-full of stuff, then right after lunch we hit the road. We drove 9 hours yesterday, through rain the entire way. We had hoped to make it all the way home to Indiana, but freezing rain in Kentucky stopped us for the night. Today we finished the drive, unloaded most of the contents of the truck into our storage unit, the rest into our apartment, and returned the truck. Whew! It was a very busy 48 hours! Now I am ready for some sleep!

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