Today we’re going to learn about Italian Meringue Buttercream (IMBC)
This is the most DELICIOUS icing and the only thing I use to ice cupcakes and cakes with.
I originally found my recipe/tutorial online from Warren Brown, but have adapted it a little and worked out how to make it without the need for a sugar thermometer. Jackpot!!
It does initially seem like a lot of work, but once you get things mixing, you can leave your mixer for a while and get a few other bits and pieces done in the meantime. The more you make it… the easier it gets and trust me… nothing is nicer than this!!!!!
The most important thing to remember with this recipe is that the butter needs to be the same temperature as the meringue mixture when you add it. If not.. the mixture will curdle.
In winter I find that I need to zap the butter in the microwave for a few seconds and my meringue mixture easily takes 10 minutes to reach room temperature.
Variations on this recipe are:
Caramel – bring to the boil 150g Brown sugar, 150ml Cream and 50g Butter. Simmer 5 minutes before setting aside to cool down and thicken up. Add to your IMBC once it has cooled down.
Lemon – make up half a batch of this lemon curd and add to your IMBC once it has cooled down.
Raspberry – make up half a batch of this raspberry curd (but strain out the seeds!), and add to your IMBC once it has cooled down.
Chocolate – mix in 3-6 tablespoons of cooled down chocolate ganache (Ganache being at a ratio of 2:1 dark chocolate:cream)
IMBC can be made an stored at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 7-10 days or you can freeze it. You will need to rewhip the IMBC if it is in the fridge/freezer or during winter months. Obviously, if it’s a stinking hot day, don’t leave your IMBC at room temperature
Personally, I prefer to make it fresh and I whip it up on the day I’m icing my cupcakes or filling my cake.
I’ve prepared a video about making the IMBC as I think it’s easier to understand exactly how to make it. Quite clearly there was no budget allocated to video production or makeup so bear with me!!!! It was also filmed over one night and morning.. hence the screaming kids in one segment, and on reflection my voice sounds HORRIBLE over the top of the mixer!! (must be what I sound like to my kids all day!)