Our favorite local bakery has the most delicious treats. It is one of those where with every bite you wonder what it is that sets it apart and why when you try to recreate it at home it is always just missing that little something. I like that it has that little special something. I like the mystery. MiMi can't handle a mystery. She has to know!
She has tried everything. She ordered different flavorings and baking emulsions trying to get just the right combination. They were good, but not quite the same! So after
pestering asking very nicely (I'm sure!) a former employee. She thinks she has finally put her finger on what sets their frosting apart. Sweetened condensed milk.
Genius, isn't it?! The liquid gold we use to give baked goods that little extra richness. The thick delicious can of wonder. How come I never tried it in a frosting before? You know I love playing with frosting. So it is hard to believe that thought had never crossed my mind. So I went to work to make a sweetened condensed milk buttercream. It may not be exactly like theirs, but it doesn't matter (to me anyway, we'll see what MiMi has to say when she tries it!) It is darn good! The sweetened condensed milk makes for a really silky smooth finish and gives that little extra rich flavor. It also takes the edge off the powdered sugar flavor that buttercreams can sometimes get. This version isn't too super sweet, but it is plenty sweet. A batch generously frosts a layer cake and is plenty for a nice big mound on a couple dozen cupcakes.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream
2 cups butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp flavoring (I used 1 tsp creme bouquet and 1 tsp vanilla but use your favorite mix)
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Cream butter together until smooth and light.
- Add flavorings and sweetened condensed milk, beating until smooth.
- Add powdered sugar, a cup at a time mixing until completely incorporated after each addition.
- Turn mixer to high and beat for a couple of minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add a little more powdered sugar or sweetened condensed milk if necessary to get your desired consistency.
- Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.