BUTTERCREAM trouble shooting

Swiss meringue buttercream is a versatile frosting that can be used for topping and filling cakes, cupcakes, macarons and other small desserts. It’s incredibly light and airy, yet rich and buttery at the same time. That said, there are a few pitfalls you may come across after collecting your Sweet Tooth Buttercream, but rest assured you can always save it.

I'm ready to use my Sweet Tooth Buttercream. Is there any preparation I need to do in advance?


All the hard work has been done for you, but there are a few simple steps you need to follow to get that light and smooth buttercream. 

1. Bring the buttercream to room temperature (21°-24°C) before use. This is very important because if it's too cold, it can result in curdled buttercream (which can still be saved, but more steps required). 

2. Once the buttercream is at room temperature, place into a stand mixer with paddle attachment and mix on high until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to the lowest setting for 2-3 minutes to remove air bubbles. 

3. Alternatively, if you do not have a stand mixer, place the buttercream into a large bowl and mix using a spatula until smooth and air bubbles removed. Tap the bowl on the bench to also release air bubbles. If the buttercream is still a little stiff when mixing, place into a microwave safe bowl and zap for 5-7 seconds. DO NOT MICROWAVE FOR LONGER THAN 10 SECOND INCREMENTS.

If you've taken your buttercream out of the fridge, let it come to room temperature before whipping it (usually 4-6 hours or overnight if using that very next day). If frozen, thaw the buttercream overnight (roughly 12 hours) then whip it. 

Why is my buttercream frozen when collected/delivered?

All buttercream that leaves the Sweet Tooth premises is frozen prior to delivery or pickup. This is to ensure your buttercream arrives in the freshest state possible and hasn't melted upon arrival. This also allows a longer shelf life. 

For local pickup and deliveries within Canberra, ACT, please advise in the 'Special Instructions' at Checkout if you would like your buttercream ready to go for use on the same or next day. 

Why does my Sweet Tooth Buttercream look curdled after whipping it?

This usually occurs if you've started to whip the buttercream when it's too cold, but rest assured this can be saved. Place the buttercream into a bowl over simmering water and leave it there until the edges of the buttercream begin to melt. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk on low to prevent splashing then gradually increase to high until light and silky, usually 4-5 minutes. Trust me, just keep whipping and it will come together - it's a magical moment when it happens! It's highly unlikely you will over whip the buttercream.

Another way of saving this gorgeous buttercream is to take 1/4 of the buttercream and place into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds. Stream this buttercream back into bowl while the mixer is running on low. Increase the speed and whip it into a big bowl of fluffy sweetness! 

Can I colour and/or flavour my Sweet Tooth buttercream?

Absolutely! Our buttercream is super versatile and can be coloured with gel food paste and flavoured in many ways. We can do this for you by selecting your colour & flavour through the Online Shop. Alternatively, you can do this at your own leisure, by adding your gel food colour and/or flavouring during the whipping stage. Just be careful not to add too much liquid as your buttercream could separate.  

Please note that coloured buttercream may develop a little more during transit. To ensure consistency in colour, mix thoroughly before use. 

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