How to Lessen the Sweetness of Buttercream Frosting

Today we bring you some alternatives to lessen the sweetness of your buttercream frosting to use on top of your favorite recipes without the fear of overpowering sugar.

The oldest trick in the book! Using salt on sweets is a very easy technique used by professional bakers and amateurs alike. Salt helps balance the amount of sugar present in buttercream frosting. 

CUT DOWN BY USING SALT

If you are making a citrus cake (or any cake that would go well with some lemon flavor) you can also add some lemon juice to your frosting. This will cut the sweetness and also give a nice kick to the mixture.

SWEET AND SOUR IS THE BEST COMBINATION!

Using both cream cheese and buttercream will give you a mix type buttercream. To your regular buttercream that uses 1 stick of butter, add 4 ounces of cream cheese. You will dilute the recipe and therefore it will not be as sweet. 

USE CREAM CHEESE TOGETHER WITH BUTTER

Buttercream is basically fat plus sugar, so if you have a lot of sugar in your mixture you can solve it by adding more fat. As with the cream cheese method, adding other types of fat to your original frosting will dilute the amount of sugar there is in it and will not taste as sweet.

ADD A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA FAT

Have you tried any of these options? Did they work out for you? Experiment with other ways too! You can switch lemon juice for orange or clementine juice, for example.

How to Lessen the Sweetness of Buttercream Frosting