Food - Drink
The Key Ingredient Swap That Gives Frosting Bakery-Like Richness
By ARIANNA ENDICOTT
If you're looking to save some money while party planning, baking your own cake or cupcakes is a great way to cut back on costs. However, if you're also looking to upgrade your usual frosting, there is one ingredient you can substitute for an even more decadent experience.
If you want that rich, creamy frosting found in bakeries, swap out the milk in your recipe for heavy cream. The amount of butterfat in milk varies from around 0.5% to 3.5%, while that in heavy cream is typically around 36% — meaning heavy cream is thicker, richer, and helps your frosting hold its shape longer.
One of the most common types of frosting is a classic vanilla buttercream, which calls for milk in most recipes. However, by swapping in heavy cream, you will add another layer to the flavor profile and some additional decadence to your treats.