Tiffy Bakes

Basic Lemon Buttercream
January 13, 2010, 10:22 PM
Filed under: Recipes

I spent the past week reading, and writing, and not baking; it was a nice respite, though it was even nicer to get my hands on the mixer again. (I just verified — this sounds JUST as dorky, typed out and read aloud, as it does in my head.)

Tonight I made a basic lemon buttercream, adapted from this recipe (I didn’t follow the instructions exactly… To my delight, I’m finding that baking-related ventures are not as PRECISE as people — myself included — make them out to be):

Lemon Buttercream
1/2 stick butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
~2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice (the juice of half a lemon)
1/2 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp vanilla extract (I didn’t add the vanilla extract this time around, but the buttercream would have tasted much more complete with it, I think)

As a whole, I’m not really fond of buttercream. But this one is nice. It cuts through the butteriness, it’s not sugary sweet, and it’s pleasantly rich. It’s like, oh I don’t know, the Zooey Deschanel of all American buttercreams. It’s pretty too — there were these little ochre-ish flecks of zest in the frosting… so charming! It makes me want to fill the rest of this entry with smiley faces.

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Here’s a picture. If you squint and use your imagination a little bit, you can see the lemon zest I was talking about:

In the pipeline: Some sort of lemon flavored cake or dessert (I have a butter-granulated sugar-lemon juice mixture sitting in the fridge… It needs to not be there anymore). Swiss meringue buttercream (forever and ever — yes, please!). Whipped cream toppings (peppermint, almond, vanilla, _______-infused, OM NOM NOM). And then some.


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