I promised you the caramel buttercream recipe, I had never made buttercreams before this year. Of course, I had to make them a couple of times because, well I was just testing them the first time and those got gobbled up and I really didn’t get accurate pictures so oh, horrors they were made again!
Hmmmm.. now where are they? Well, family and fortunately my son, Aaron decided to take the leftovers to work so I may have to make so more.. 🙂
I found a general buttercream recipe on Land ‘O Lakes website that I adapted. And my buttercreams didn’t look as perfect as theirs did but that’s ok. This is about yummy and easy and fairly quick, not 5 hours to make one buttercream look fabulous. Wouldn’t you rather be eating them than making them look perfect? And I apologize but this does take longer than 30 minutes but I thought with the holidays sometimes you want to take a bit of time making something right?
You can make the buttercreams plain or different flavors using natural flavoring or extracts. I divided the buttercream in half mixed in some salted caramel sauce and the others I added some natural raspberry flavoring. That was go around one of the recipe. The last batch I did all salted caramel buttercreams.
Some other ideas besides salted caramel; would be to add minced toasted almonds or pecans or vanilla bean paste. You can add a bit of matcha powder and mint extract.
These make a great gift or a sweet treat for so many holidays, like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day or birthdays.
You can either use silpat like I did to put them on or parchment paper or even wax paper will do. Here is another recipe to use the cute little 2 teaspoon size scooper you purchased for the lemon truffles. Since I had purchased the slightly bigger one (1-1/2 tablespoon sized) my buttercreams were a bit bigger.
You will get more buttercreams out of yours than I did. It will also depend on how many buttercreams you’ll end up with if you mix in the Easy Salted Caramel Sauce that you made earlier this week or other flavorings into your batch.
See the pic of using the spoon to put on the chocolate coating? It is so much easier and bit quicker than having each buttercream on a fork and then carefully dipping it the chocolate. Ok, I really hope you make some of these buttercreams and I would love to know which flavors you choose to make. Please let me know in the comments ok? Enjoy!
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Salted Caramel Buttercreams and other flavor options
An easy yummy recipe for Salted Caramel Buttercreams and other flavor options for buttercreams.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (room temperature)
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (or optional flavorings below)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups Guittard Dark Chocolate Chips or mix dark and bittersweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
Combine butter and cream cheese in bowl. Beat at medium speed, until smooth. Add either salted caramel sauce or other flavoring below, continue beating until well mixed and smooth.
Beat at low speed, gradually adding powdered sugar, until well mixed. (If mixture is too soft, cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to form balls.) I didn’t need to refrigerate them.
Using 2 teaspoon or tablespoon scooper make balls, place on silat or parchment sheet lined cookie sheet.
Melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat in small saucepan stirring until smooth.
Using a tablespoon put chocolate over each buttercream to coat. Or using a fork dip each buttercream into small container of chocolate. (I found using tablespoon faster). Add garnish. Refrigerate for 30 min to set (if needed or place in cool place to set. Enjoy!
use Maldon sea Salt Flakes to decorate the ones that are salted caramel; chocolate shavings, bits freeze dried raspberries, sprinkle matcha powder… ok you get the idea.
other flavor options (omit salted caramel sauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1/2 teaspoon raspberry natural flavoring
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder + 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1/4 cup toasted pecans or almonds, minced
2 tablespoons Medaglia D Oro powdered espresso
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