Can anyone recommend a recipe/instructions - or even just an icing type I can google? Ideally I'd like it to be a little lighter than standard butter cream - so thinking of using egg white. Have tried various boiled frostings/italian meringue recipes, but half the time I end up having to throw it away or add so much icing sugar that I'm back to buttercream. Chocolate flavour would be nice, but not essential. Oh, and I only have a hand-held electric whisk.
If it is choc flavour you are after go for whipped chocolate ganache. Heat double cream slowly until just boiling, stir frequently so it doesn't burn. Add broken up dark choc and turn of heat. Leave to sit for a few mins to allow choc to melt then stir to mix thoroghly. ALlow to cool then refridgerate overnight. Next morning take it out and allow to come to room temp, then whisk until light and fluffy, then use to pipe ontop of cupcakes or fill/frost a cake. Lovely and not overly sweet!
Thanks - whipped ganache sounds delicious - and haven't tried that yet. I did have some success with American frosting the other day missmama - but the fat & sugar junkies of the household who are used to buttercream seemed disappointed with the taste (looked fab though). It's the Swiss Meringue buttercream that I just seem to mess up each time. It splits whenever I try to add flavouring. Have got round this by using melted chocolate but find it comes out way too soft - then end up having to pile in loads of extra icing sugar and it looses its lovely glossiness. Can anyone point me to a tried and tested recipe?