Basic Buttercream

INGREDIENTS 4½ cups sugar 2½ cups egg whites 3 pounds butter DIRECTIONS Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. In large heatproof bowl add sugar and whites, blend. Place bowl over water and continually stir with whisk until temperature is 145°F to 155°F. Take […]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake INGREDIENTS 2 cups flour 1 cup cocoa 1½ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 3 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1½ cups buttermilk Basic Buttercream, for frosting DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick […]

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Gianduja Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup buttercream Ingredients 125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened 70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulted sugar 3 egg yolks at room temperature 2 ounces gianduja Directions Melt the gianduja along with 2 tablespoons water in a double boiler. Set aside to cook to […]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake INGREDIENTS 12 eggs, separated 8 ounces light brown sugar 14 ounces hazelnut flour 4 ounces all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 4 ounces granulated sugar Basic Buttercream, for frosting Chocolate block, for decorating Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating DIRECTIONS Preheat to 350°F. Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment. In a metal […]

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Lime Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup Ingredients 125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened 70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulated sugar 2 tablespoons water 3 egg yolk at room temperature 2 teaspoons key lime juice 1 teaspoon key lime rind Green food coloring (preferably paste) Directions Beat the butter […]

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Pumpkin Buttercream

Makes about 2 cups (enough for about 4 dozen macarons) Ingredients 2 large egg whites 2⁄3 Pinch salt 6½ ounces (13 tablespoons) unsalted butter, slightly cooler than room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (at room temperature) ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Large pinch […]

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Vanilla Cake

Makes one cake INGREDIENTS 3 cups cake flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 1½ teaspoons vanilla 1¼ cups buttermilk Lemon curd, for filling Basic Buttercream, for frosting DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. […]

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