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 Post subject: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:53 pm 
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hi!

i have 7 year old twins, one of whom is dangerously allergic to dairy so i recently bought this book and make the cupcakes for their birthday party. they were, of course, a huge hit. now i have a few cupcakes in my freezer that i can send in to school whenever i need to.

i need to send in 2 for valentine's day and i want to frost them. but i obviously can't make frosting for just 2 cupcakes! is it possible to freeze a batch of the buttercream frosting and just use some of it when i need? can it still be colored after it's frozen?

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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:59 pm 
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It's fine after freezing. Once it's fully defrosted you can beat the colouring (gel is better than liquid, the liquid can thin the buttercream) into it.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:18 pm 
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8ball is correct! I freeze buttercream regularly. I would recommend getting some of those little snack-sized ziploc baggies and divide up by the amount you will need at any time, then put them all in a large freezer-bag and freeze. That way it's easier to just pull out what you need when you need it. You might need to stir it vigorously after thawing to room temp if it looks a bit separated.

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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:23 pm 
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PB - Question, do you have a shortening free buttercream you use? I've seen your cakes and they look amazing. I've never found a buttercream I'm happy with.


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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
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Thank you! Sadly, I don't have a shortening-free buttercream. In my pregan days my preferred icing was Italian meringue buttercream, so I definitely appreciate the desire for a non-powdered sugar/shortening option. I just haven't found a good vegan alternative (yet).

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Ahh, yes, thank you anyway. In Aus - our only shortening option is copha, which is hydrogenated. And ordinary coconut oil doesn't hold up well in the heat we get here. I have a signature frosting but it contains tofutti, would love a properly pipeable buttercream!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:22 am 
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thanks for the responses! great idea with the ziplocs!


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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:57 am 
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mattomic wrote:
Ahh, yes, thank you anyway. In Aus - our only shortening option is copha, which is hydrogenated. And ordinary coconut oil doesn't hold up well in the heat we get here. I have a signature frosting but it contains tofutti, would love a properly pipeable buttercream!

I've never made this recipe for flour frosting (which is nonvegan but would be easy to veganize--just some milk and butter), but I have a friend how SWEARS BY IT. After the first time she made it she's decided it's the only kind of frosting she'll ever make.

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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
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Ahh okay, great - Bryanna and Dreena both have a great "cooked frosting" Recipe that is delicious. Bryanna's is a bit easier, done in pyrex in the microwave.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:28 am 
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Yeah cooked frosting! Last time i made buttercream i made it like the one Vegetalion links to, and i do not intend to make the usual fat plus sugar kind ever again.

Is your concern about copha being hydrogenated because of trans fats? It actually contains very little, because it is fully, not partially, hydrogenated. It's considerably lower in trans fats that regular toffuti cream cheese, for example. It is 98% saturated fat (yikes! But at least you know that 98% is trans fat free), so is harder, i think, than the shortening called for in u.s recipes. Meaning that it's a good idea to change the shortening/ margarine ratio a bit - less shortening, more marg. Or you can use a combo of copha and coconut oil for the shortening.

Then again, in brisbane summer, maybe you should just use all copha :)


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Holy moly, yes it is. Plus I really don't like the taste if it's a dominating component of a frosting - just tastes like weird pure fat.

That's really interesting to know - I'll go check out at the supermarket, and this may make my life a lot easier! Thank you!


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I freeze buttercream all the time. It keeps kind of forever. At least, I tell myself that when I pull out 2-year-old buttercream and frost cupcakes with it.

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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:33 pm 
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how do you guys defrost the frosting? just in the fridge?


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I just let it sit out at room temp. As I said above, sometimes you will have to re-beat it as it can separate a bit, but it's still fine to use.

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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
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Just to say that you should guard it carefully, because I had quite a large container of left over frosting in the freezer, and when I went to use it discovered that one of my kids has hacked away almost all of it!


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 Post subject: Re: freezing fluffy buttercream frosting?
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Just to say that you should guard it carefully, because I had quite a large container of left over frosting in the freezer, and when I went to use it discovered that one of my kids has hacked away almost all of it!


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