Question by Answer me this!: What did I do wrong with this recipe?
I got Alton Brown’s recipe from Food Network website for buttercream icing. I doubled the recipe since the cake I am making is larger than normal. It is all watery and brown! It calls for 4 eggs, 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 cup dark corn syrup, 10 ounces butter. I followed the recipe exactly. Now all I have is coffee colored whatever!
This is the recipe I used:
Buttercream Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Episode: The Icing Man Cometh

4 eggs, room temperature*
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
10 ounces butter, cubed and at room temperature

In a large mixing bowl, whip the eggs until light and fluffy.
In a small saucepan bring the sugar and the corn syrup to a boil. Lubricate the inside of a metal baster with a small amount of vegetable oil and dispense it completely. Then use this to drizzle the sugar mixture into the mixing bowl with the eggs. The mixer should be on low speed until you finish drizzling in all of the sugar mixture.
Once the entire mixture of the sugar is incorporated, slowly add the butter pieces. Only add more butter when you can no longer see the previously added pieces. It will go fast at first and then slow down. Continue to whip until the mixture is creamy
Thanks to everyone who submitted your answers. I don’t know what went wrong. Anyway, I already had Wilton Buttercream icing, but wanted to try something different. I even put powdered sugar in it to make it more fluffy. :(

Best answer:

Answer by Delilah
maybe you should just follow the exact recipe, and just make it twice. maybe you did something wrong with the doubling


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