We’re two months away from the wedding and I’m already starting to notice how time is slipping away. Plus, it’s summer, which somehow means we spend too much time outside and not enough time getting stuff done. So I apologize if posts start to be shorter than usual, but I’ll comfort myself thinking they’re short but sweet, right?
Anyway, a few weeks ago I talked to you about how I was going to bake a trial cake for the wedding but somehow didn’t get around to sharing it. I was shuffling through my photographs yesterday and saw the pictures, so here it is. Actually, the cake itself is not a new recipe (it’s the same as this one) – what I really wanted to test was the buttercream. It’s a swiss meringue buttercream and, although it was delicious for this cake, we’re not sure it’ll be the buttercream for our wedding. Fine by me, since it means I get to test more cakes!
Swiss Meringue ButtercreamRecipe tweaked from Sweetapolita
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups (340g) butter, softened but cool and cut into cubes (I left it out of the fridge until it softened but then stuck it inside for about 10-15 min until it was cool)
- 1-2 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Add the egg whites and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer over, and place it on top of a pot full of simmering water so that the egg whites cook. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved.
- Using the whisk attachment of the mixer, whip until thick and glossy, and the bottom of the bowl is completely cooled down (neutral to touch). I placed the warm bowl inside a bowl of cold water to accelerate the process.
- Switch to the paddle attachment and while mixing on medium speed, slowly add the butter, one chunk at a time until completely incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Even if you think the mixture has curdled keep mixing and it’ll turn back to smooth. This might take more than a few minutes. Add vanilla and salt (or other flavorings like coffee, cinnamon, etc) and mix. Frost cooled cake (or just, you know, eat it with a spoon).
What are your plans for the weekend? We’re heading to Suances in a couple of hours, a beach town about an hour and a half away for a beach handball tournament. Well, the boys are going for the tournament, we (the girls) are just going to have fun. We’ll be staying at a house with a group of 20 friends and we always have a blast (it’s a yearly thing). I’ll tell you how it went on Monday, enjoy your weekend!