If you’ve never made or tried swiss meringue buttercream, you’re missing out. It’s sweet, but not sugary, silky smooth, and the perfect base for any flavour like the new Salted Caramel Flavour from Queen Fine Foods.
salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream
200g caster sugar
300g brown sugar
500g butter, soft, cubed
300g egg whites, from a carton
1 tbsp Queen Salted Caramel Flavour for Icing
Add the caster sugar, brown sugar and egg whites to a large bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Heat the egg white and sugar, stirring constantly, until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar has completely disolved.
Once the mixture is hot to the touch (or you’ve reached 60°C, and maintained that temperature for 5 minutes if you’re using fresh egg whites) carefully transfer the bowl to your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Be careful as the bowl will be very hot and dripping with hot water. Use a dry tea towel to catch any drips as you move the bowl off the hot water. Beat on high until the egg whites are thick and hold a stiff peak, and the bowl has cooled down to room temperature.
Switch the whisk attachment to the paddle attachment, and starting on a medium-low speed, add a few cubes of soft (but not melted) butter to the mixture and beat until combined. The butter will knock the air out of the egg whites. Repeat until all the butter is combined, then increase the speed and beat until the mixture is thick and light in colour. If the mixture is a little too sloppy, pop the mixture in the fridge for five minutes and beat again. Repeat until the mixture firms to a pipable icing. Add the Queen Salted Caramel Flavour for Icing and mix through.
This recipe makes about 7 cups of buttercream, enough to ice one 20cm cake, or 12 – 24 cupcakes depending on how generous you are with your icing. Keep your buttercream in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week. When you’re ready to ice, bring your buttercream to room temperature and beat with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes until it’s soft and pipable again.
We’ve hollowed out chocolate cupcakes, filled them with peanut butter, and topped with our Salted Caramel Swiss Meringue Buttercream. To finish, crumble the centres from your cupcakes and sprinkle over the top!