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Jan 11, 2009 10:54 PM

Best buttercream?

Hi. Need a simple cake with very good, light, not-too-sweet buttercream frosting. Would like to avoid boutique-y artisan-y (are those the right words?) places, and very dense Cupcake Cafe-like buttercream. Any bakery suggestions? Posted this on the Manhattan Board because I thought Manhattan was more likely, but I live in Brooklyn, so here would be great as well. Thanks so much.

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      I thought maybe I worded that confusingly: Trying to avoid super dense butter cream like they make at Cupcake Cafe.

    2. I'm not a huge fan of Crumbs, but someone bought me a vanilla/vanilla cupcake from the Union Sq. location last week and it fits your description I think?

      1. A place in Brooklyn called Baked should have just what your looking for. I've only had their cupcakes here in the city but the cake part is always delicious and the frosting is very light and not too sweet.

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        1. re: misnatalie

          I immediately thought of Baked, as well. Def. what the op is looking for.

        2. Have you ever been to Butter Lane? They do cupcakes with both American style buttercream and French style buttercream. Maybe the French style would be more to your liking.

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          1. re: kathryn

            Butter Lane has lots of icing samples on their counter that you can try... both American and French style buttercream.

            1. re: kathryn

              Really? IIRC, French buttercream has raw egg yolk in it. Do you know if they keep these cupcakes refrigerated? I'm curious to try one- I think true French buttercream is a rare find in these parts.

              1. re: vvvindaloo

                I don't know if they are refrigerated or not, but they do make a point of touting their French buttercream and the fact that it is more labor intensive. I'm not up on the cupcake craze myself, I bought one and enjoyed it but I'd prefer a slice of layer cake. I liked the cherry icing but was not bowled over.

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  its not truly "raw" it is tempered in hot sugar to "cook" it, almost in the way hollandaise sauce is.

                  1. re: swf36d

                    that's swiss meringue buttercream, you melt sugar and eggs together and them whip and add butter.

                    I like the buttercream at chickalicious puddin or whatever it's called now, the chocolate buttercream on the chocolate cupcake is really delicious, very light

              2. UPDATE: Went to Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery (126 Rivington St.) today and had their pistachio cupcake with almond buttercream. Yes, yes, yes. That is what I'm looking for. Will most likely order cake in same.

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                1. re: Nomi L

                  The pistachio cupcake at Sugar Sweet Sunshine is about as perfect as cupcakes get for me. Let us know if you order a cake there and if it turns out as good.

                    1. re: Nomi L

                      Hello. Reporting as promised. I did get Sugar Sweet Sunshine's pistachio cake with the almond butter cream which they call "The Mousse." It did not disappoint. Very close to the cupcake, the cake is the right texture and not too pistachio-y. And the butter cream was light and wonderful. I can be iffy about almond, but here it's great. Had it for breakfast too . .. . yikes.

                      1. re: Nomi L

                        Oh, also, nice simple homey presentation with just enough festiveness. I love that.