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Offline maddy

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The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:23:34 pm »
I have tried many chocolate buttercream recipes, and haven't been happy with the majority of them.
They are either too gritty, too hard, dry & crusty or are impossible to pipe.
.....turns out the recipe was under my nose, and I made some changes.
Following the basics of the Thermomix creamy vanilla frosting recipe....I altered it by making a chocolate roux & using brown sugar.
It's silky smooth, easy to pipe, and it truly is the texture and taste of chocolate mousse....no one would believe it's actually buttercream  ;)



The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

The chocolate Roux

30g plain flour
20g Dutch cocoa (Woolies home brand is my choice)
210g milk

Place flour, cocoa & milk into Jug, and blend for 5 seconds on speed 6.
Cook for 15 minutes at 80C, speed 4.
Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, pushing plastic down onto surface of mixture.
Cool completely before adding to the next step of the icing.

The Icing

150g light brown sugar
200g unsalted butter - room temp & cubed
40g Dutch cocoa
(The reserved chocolate roux)

In clean  & dry TM jug, add the brown sugar and mill for 30 seconds, speed 9.
Add the cubed butter & cocoa to the sugar, and mix 10 seconds on speed 7.  Scrape jug.
Insert Butterfly and aerate the butter mix for 1 minute, speed 3, MC off.
Scrape jug, and repeat mixing for 1 minute, speed 3.
Add the chocolate roux mixture to the jug, and whip for 1 minute,  speed 3, MC off...scrape jug & repeat 2 more times at 1 minute, speed 3, MC off.
Transfer to a bowl, Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, then Remove from fridge & ice away.


Members' comments

Do you refrigerate these?  Maddy responded - I leave this in a lidded cake cloche like the vanilla...I personally don't like any cake or icings refrigerated or frozen....I think it effects the taste & texture.
generally, 2-3 days see's the best of your cakes anyway....usually they're gone by then anyway.

Does it freeze well - maddy - I don't freeze any icing, as I don't like the results, but give it a try if you wish.

Thermesa - I've made this for plain cupcakes. Perhaps a bit extravagant/rich for a 2 year old's birthday but delightfully creamy.

Maddy - you could use raw sugar instead of brown & perhaps cut back a little on the cocoa in icing, it may make it a little less rich for you?
....I personally prefer the cocoa hit, as it doesn't taste like you have a mouthful of butter.

Katiej - Great recipe Maddy, although I don't think I did it justice. I made a mistake and put the chocolate roux in with the sugar and butter and not later when it should have gone in. It was very runny at first, but it firmed up in the 30 minutes chilling time.
It tastes delicious!

suzanne - yes this is perfect and very mousse like- the kids loved it, thanks maddy.

Jamberie - I made 100 mini cupcakes for a friend of a friend's wedding last night. Yes the buttercream is perfect! It seems much lighter than the creamy vanilla frosting, more like mousse. Thanks Maddy, it's a winner.

Hally - Maddy, I have made this a few times for cakes & cupcakes. Delicious, much nicer than butter icing. Thx.

sue purrb - I made this to fill butterfly cakes. It was really delicious. Thanks Maddy. 

INAID - I used this too for E's birthday cupcakes. It was delicious.

kezza - I made this to decorate ES dark chocolate cake and posted how great your buttercream was as well.  Just posting in here so those who have not tried it give it a go, as it is awesome.

cookie1 - I used this for the giant Tim Tam birthday cake. It is delicious. I have some left so it will go on the cupcakes being made tomorrow.

KimmyH - This really is the perfect chocolate buttercream. For something a little different I added 2 tablespoons  of malted milk powder at the start with the flour. Resulted in a decadent choc malt flavour. Teamed up well with I love bimby cake and a few decorations. Thanks again Maddy.





« Last Edit: July 19, 2014, 02:58:36 pm by judydawn »
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 01:35:34 pm »
What a star you are Maddy.This looks sensational  8)
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 01:43:50 pm »
Agree with CC, this does look fantastic. Love the little butterfly.
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013, 02:31:46 pm »
Maddy I'm sure we will all use this some time or other, thank you ..
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 02:39:01 pm »
Thank you maddy, if anyone could do, it had to be you.  It certainly looks perfect.  Is that ES's chocolate cake recipe you've used?
« Last Edit: October 08, 2013, 07:45:47 am by judydawn »
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2013, 10:33:50 pm »
So you finally cracked the perfect chocolate icing, Maddy?  ;)
Congratulations!  ;D

Now the next question....does it freeze well? (Thinking lunchboxes etc)
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2013, 10:55:37 pm »
Well done Maddy they look amazing.

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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2013, 02:47:54 am »
Looks perfect.  I use the vanilla buttercream recipe quite a bit, but think this will be a winner for DD's upcoming birthday cupcakes.  Thanks for the adjustments!!

And I just checked Countdown online and the homebrand cocoa is finally available here too.  ;D
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2013, 10:57:53 am »
Yum! Thankyou :)

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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2013, 11:54:50 am »
Can't wait to try this.
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2013, 12:19:05 pm »
Maddy you are a star. It really does look like piped mousse. Thanks for sharing. Bet you are chuffed you finally nailed it 😉

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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2013, 02:53:48 pm »
I know you mentioned previously you keep your cupcakes with creamy vanilla frosting in an airtight container on teh bench Maddy. Do you do the same with this or does it need to be refrigerated? I'm sure I'll make this soon given DH and DS are both chocoholics.

Thanks for experimenting and sharing.
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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2013, 06:38:13 pm »
It really does look perfect .well done  Maddy
i don't need a recipe i'm italian

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Re: The perfect chocolate buttercream!
« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2013, 10:21:02 pm »
Thank you so much Maddy, looks perfect

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« Reply #14 on: October 08, 2013, 11:32:51 pm »
Looks gorgeous Maddy. Thanks for the recipe :)