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On a hunt for Meringue Buttercream Cakes any suggestions??

shopshop827 Jan 9, 2012 03:28 PM

Hi all. I looking for a bakery in Houston that makes merinque buttercream cakes. I had an amazing cake at my friends birthday party when I was young and still remember it to be one of the best cakes I've ever tasted. I remember her telling me it was some type of buttercream cake. The frosting was creamy yellow and looked so soft. It was a huge cake in a pink box and she told me it had to be eaten at room temperature. I was skeptical before eating it because I was in 4th grade and thought CAKE is CAKE... well let me tell you, I was soo wrong. And I was blown away! The cake tasted like sweet butter! It was creamy and not too sweet. SO please if you have any suggestions for places that have meringue buttercream cakes please let me know and I am so there!

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  1. DoobieWah RE: shopshop827 Jan 10, 2012 05:06 AM

    No one?

    C'mon, I'm not a sweet-eater, but I want this!

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      texasredtop RE: DoobieWah Jan 10, 2012 03:31 PM

      Well, I'm not sure what you are asking for in a "merignue" buttercream cake. Are you possibly describing the icing and not the cake. Is it a buttercream icing with a bit of crisp on the edges? I don't know where to get one other than my own kitchen. Buttercreams are found everywhere but it's an icing, not a cake.

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      shopshop827 RE: shopshop827 Jan 10, 2012 02:27 PM

      okay for those who were also interested in my question, i went to Thierry Andre in uptown park. They had 4 types of french buttercream cakes. Pistachio, chocolate, coffee, and a plain one. I only got to try the pistachio. The coffee and plain were only available to buy as a cake and not as a single portion. The buttercream was pretty amazing but the cake was dry and tasted like it was a few days old.

      Then I went to French Riviera Bakery on Chimney Rock and got the Mocha buttercream cake. The cake tasted better than the one from Andre's and the buttercream was pretty good too.

      I am still planning to make a visit to Le Duc and French Gourmet Bakery in search of the original flavored meringue buttercream cake. Wish me luck that I find the one I had from 18 years ago! lol

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      1. re: shopshop827
        Lambowner RE: shopshop827 Jan 10, 2012 05:02 PM

        I think what is confusing people is your use of the word "meringue." Meringue is a fat free (ergo butter free) egg white concoction often put on top of pies like lemon pies to cut the tartness. It is often formed into peaks and baked until the peaks are brown. It is not creamy but rather airy. I think you are just looking for buttercream frosted cake which is, of course, worth the hunt. Carry on. You seem to be on a roll!

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          mjust RE: Lambowner Jan 10, 2012 05:17 PM

          I learned recently that there is actually a type of buttercream called "swiss meringue buttercream" or sometimes only "meringue buttercream." Learned this while making a Barefoot Contessa Chocolate Buttercream Cake (very good, btw!) -- basically, you make a meringue, then add the butter, chocolate, and other flavorings (in this case vanilla and small amounts of espresso and rum). The end result is a very light textured, almost whipped buttercream frosting. Anyway, all this to say that I'm guessing the OP is referring to this type of buttercream, which is different than the one I was familiar with.

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            mjust RE: Lambowner Jan 10, 2012 05:20 PM

            Oh, and just wanted to add that I don't personally know of any place that sells cakes with meringue buttercream in Houston, but would be happy to learn of any!

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              Lambowner RE: mjust Jan 10, 2012 05:52 PM

              Well I learn something new every day! Thanks!

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                texasredtop RE: Lambowner Jan 10, 2012 06:23 PM

                Me too. I googled it and there is an actual meringue buttercream icing recipe. There is a cake place in Deer Park that sells cakes made with that frosting I think. It is light and airy and delicious, especially the chocolate. It's called Cookie Jar. Her cake was always very good too. I loved the chocolate cake with whipped chocolate frosting, delicious. I haven't had a cake from there in 10 years or so but I drive by there all the time so I know she's still in business. She used to work for Reed Bakers in Pasadena several decades ago and they closed and she opened her own business. I've had about a hundred or more of her cakes as we used to get them there for every event at work. Plus I got them for any shower, birthday party, anniversary, etc. They were always great. You might call her and ask if that is the icing she uses.


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                  shopshop827 RE: texasredtop Jan 16, 2012 10:25 AM

                  thank you so much for your reply! i'm gonna make a visit to the cookie jar really soon. it looks amazing!

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                    texasredtop RE: shopshop827 Jan 16, 2012 01:24 PM

                    I doubt you'll be impressed with their location or store. They mostly do cakes that are ordered in advance. I think she keeps 3 or 4 in the case for emergency orders. But I don't care about all the other things as long as they deliver a delicious cake. I love the chocolate cake with the light chocolate icing. It is wonderful.

              2. re: mjust
                shopshop827 RE: mjust Jan 16, 2012 10:29 AM

                Hello! Thanks for the reply MJUST. I am going to make an attempt at making that Barefoot Contessa cake =) it's sounds delicious. And thank you for clarifying the confusion about meringue buttercreams. I was definitely looking for the Swiss or Italian buttercream variation as opposed to the Amercan Buttercream cake that is found everywhere from Wal Mart to HEB . The American Buttercream is just your everyday cake frosting. So I am looking for a place that makes cakes frosted with Swiss or Italian Buttercreams.

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