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ComtessedeFrouFrou Mon 27-May-13 15:56:52

I loathe the stuff. I have just made a lovely three-layer lemon cake with buttercream icing it was lovely since you ask

But the buggering sugar goes everywhere when you make the buttercream with the electric handwhisk and I hate having to wash up the food processor between the cake batter and the icing, only for it to get dirty again.

I may never use icing sugar again - at least until next time I the baby I'm having wants cake.

NewAtThisMalarky Mon 27-May-13 15:59:48

Why don't you use a bowl and a wooden spoon? I wouldn't have considered using a whisk for buttercream, it's so quick to mix by hand.

trixymalixy Mon 27-May-13 16:01:20

I don't use any kind of electric device either. I think I just use a fork to mix it.

ComtessedeFrouFrou Mon 27-May-13 16:05:06

But that takes so long and makes my arm hurt

Besides, it's also the feel of the stuff and the horrible paper packet <drip feeds and stamps foot>

flippinada Mon 27-May-13 16:05:27

Yanbu grin.

What I find helpful is the beat the butter using the whisk until it goes really soft then beat in the icing sugar a bit at a time. This reduces obnoxious flying everywhere-ness of the stuff.

flippinada Mon 27-May-13 16:06:58

Excuse me for random missing words.

Bue Mon 27-May-13 16:14:53

You need to simultaneously cover the bowl with a tea towel while you mix, to contain the cloud. Admittedly this is probably easier with a stand mixer but you should still be able to hold one in place using a hand mixer.

Bejeena Mon 27-May-13 16:17:39

This is why I go outside onto the balcony to all my sifting and mixing of flours and icing sugar. Yes my neighbours probably think I am off my trolley but I don't care!

Bobyan Mon 27-May-13 16:23:03

Lowers voice to a whisper... Betty Crocker.

MrsCosmopilite Mon 27-May-13 16:23:51

Warm the bowl you're making the buttercream in (either put it in a low temperature oven for a few minutes until it's warm to touch, or swill out with boiling water and dry it off)
Cut the butter into little tiny pieces with a knife
Now SLOWLY spoon in the icing sugar and mix with a wooden spoon OR a warmed metal fork.
If the icing is at all lumpy add a very small quantity of water (or milk, or lemon juice, depending on what flavour cake).
No lumps, and far less icing sugar clouds.

Veryunsure Mon 27-May-13 16:24:06

I mix it in until it won't fly everywhere then get the whisk on it!

MikeLitoris Mon 27-May-13 16:28:22

This is why I have a kenwood with a splash guard thingy.

Chuck it all in, start it off slowly. Once its incorporated abit turn It up to maximum and leave for 5 mins.

Amazing light fluffy buttercream.

Justfornowitwilldo Mon 27-May-13 16:28:25

You have to soften the butter first. The first time I baked since school I forgot this bit. The kitchen was covered with a thin film of sugar and I ended up with more white stuff up my nose than an Eighties stockbroker.

Let the butter get to room temperature and then beat it with a wooden spoon until it goes lighter in colour.

ComtessedeFrouFrou Mon 27-May-13 16:56:19

Bobyan wash your mouth out with soap shock that stuff tastes like chemicals!

Justfornow it was soft. Really, really soft. I think it's my crap Tesco electric hand mixer to be honest. It's got 7 speeds, from very fast to supersonic.

I like the tea towel trick, I will try that. I'd love a Kenwood, but DH would do this hmm

MikeLitoris Mon 27-May-13 16:58:59

My very lovely mum bought me mine. My buttercream is now the stuff of legends.

Justfornowitwilldo Mon 27-May-13 17:02:12

7 speeds shock envy. Mine has 2.

heymammy Mon 27-May-13 17:05:08

I've got an electric mixer just like that Comtesse except it is Russell fecking Hobbs! Settings from 1-7 and speed 1 is practically supersonic hmm

MyCatHasStaff Mon 27-May-13 17:07:21

try this

piprabbit Mon 27-May-13 17:09:21

Standing in a cloud of sugar, breathing in the sweet yumminess.

Greenandcabbagelooking Mon 27-May-13 17:10:28

I put the butter and icing in the food processor. Saves achy arms, and a kitchen and baker covered in icing sugar.

Tailtwister Mon 27-May-13 17:10:42

I know what you mean OP, icing sugar gets everywhere. If you have a stand mixer you can put a tea towel around it until the icing sugar is incorporated.

bisley Mon 27-May-13 17:15:32

You need to try swiss meringue buttercream. No icing sugar and soooo much nicer.

silverten Mon 27-May-13 17:16:45

That is genius, Greenandcabbage. Do you use the main bit or the liquidiser bit?

RafaellaNhaKyria Mon 27-May-13 17:20:43

The kitchen was covered with a thin film of sugar and I ended up with more white stuff up my nose than an Eighties stockbroker

I properly laughed at that grin I'm a baker and I hate the bastarding stuff too!

SamuelWestsMistress Mon 27-May-13 17:30:39

I've recently discovered that I can't make buttercream icing taste nearly as good as Betty Crocker. This suits me fine because it means I get to fantasise about smearing it allover naked Matt Smith there is never any of that dusty sticky mess of which you speak!

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