How to get maximum volume from buttercream

by Amber
(Tucson, AZ USA)

Hi,

I mixed my buttercream for a LONG time and it never did increase in volume. Do you know what might be going wrong?

Thanks!
Amber

From the editor:

Hi Amber,

There are a couple of things that could cause this:

1. the butter is too cold when being added to the buttercream. Make sure that it's just barely chilled. Also make sure the slices are no more than 1/2" thick.

2. too much butter is being added at one time. Be sure to add one piece, wait until fully incorporated, then add another. Continue adding slowly until all the butter has been added, then increase the mixer speed and start timing.

3. If you're still not getting good volume from your buttercream, try using hi-ratio shortening, which is what professional bakers use. It holds more air when whipped, than regular shortening.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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