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I have a confession….

I hate “american buttercream

It’s true, I simply cannot be patriotic with my buttercream. One of my biggest pet peeves is the fact that this gritty sugary mess is called buttercream. It’s not buttery, and rich, and delicious. It’s sickeningly sweet and coats your mouth with a regretful crust of gross. And half the time it’s not even made with butter, but with vegetable shortening. “Vegetable shortening cream” doesn’t quite have the same delicious ring to it does it?

Or at least, that’s how I feel.

My second pet peeve is when bakeries and cupcakeries say they use “buttercream” and I’m convinced it’s not that crusty culprit and get excited to try some new delicious baked goods only to have that first moment of bliss ruined by biting into the cavity inducing grit.

It’s so hard to find good frosting. 😦

This rant is brought on by my recent adventure to a new cupcakery that opened a few doors down from my place of employment. Now I make a pretty mean cupcake if I do say so myself, but I rather enjoy going out and trying a “professional” cupcake from time to time. I was so excited about this place because their website stressed that they topped all their cupcakes with fresh homemade buttercream which made it sound so delicious and enticing. I was wrong.

I walked in to their brand new store, which was beyond adorable, was greeted by fantastic looking cupcakes with their “come-hither” names and promptly bought a half dozen that, oddly enough, seemed to have a pie theme (pumpkin, strawberry cheesecake, lemon meringue…). I couldn’t wait to get them home and stuff my face.  I knew as soon as I opened the container and the frosting that had been touching the top didn’t leave a smudge that something was wrong. I gently tapped my finger on one of the dollops and felt the crisp shell of confectioners sugar frosting break beneath my fingertip. *sigh* I had such high hopes for them.

I decided to dig in anyhow as I’d spent $11 on them.

Two of the 6, red velvet and pumpkin pie, were supposed to be frosted with cream cheese frosting. Now I thought I had a pretty good idea about what cream cheese frosting was…but this stuff just barely tasted of cream cheese and had the same consistency and texture of the “buttercream” I’ve never come across that before.

The cake part of the cupcakes were great (except the lemon cake, they used fake lemon flavoring which I can’t stand either. ) but i feel like the “buttercream” they used really ruined the flavor.

So in conclusion, I feel that “american buttercream” ruins a good confection, and bakeries should specify what type of buttercream they use…or at least warn us if it’s the american kind.

I’ll stick to my Italian and Swiss meringue buttercreams thank you.

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