Pink and yellow German buttercream

    22 min

    For German buttercream you first cook a custard, which is then blended with softened butter. The pink buttercream is naturally coloured wiht raspberries or strawberries, and the light yellow buttercream gets its colour from orange juice. I use these buttercreams to fill and decorate my rose cake.

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    Makes: 1 cake

    • Pink buttercream
    • 500g (17 1/2 oz) raspberries or strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
    • 300g (0.5 oz) butter, at room temperature
    • 100g (3 1/2 oz) caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon potato starch OR 1 (40g) packet vanilla pudding powder
    • Light yellow buttercream
    • 500g (17 1/2 oz) orange juice
    • 300g (10 1/2 oz) butter, at room temperature
    • 140g (5 oz) caster sugar
    • 40g (1 1/2 oz) potato starch

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:2min  ›  Ready in:22min 

      Pink buttercream

    1. Puree the berries.
    2. Cook a custard with the strawberry puree: Mix the pudding powder (or the potato starch with the vanilla extract) with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry puree and the sugar in a small bowl. Bring the remaining strawberry puree to the boil, remove from the heat and stir in the pudding powder mixture. Boil the mixture again, stirring constantly, until it thickens, about 1 minute. Alternatively fill everything in a food processor with a cooking function and mix it at cooking temperature. When the pudding thickens, continue to cook for 1 minute.
    3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
    4. Stir the butter until soft and beat it until creamy, about 5 minutes.
    5. Spoon the butter into the pudding and stir until well combined.
    6. Yellow buttercream

    7. Proceed as described above, replacing the puree with the orange juice and the pudding powder with the potato starch.
    8. Fill your sponge cake base with the light-yellow buttercream and decorate it with the pink buttercream. Decorate your cake.


    Use this buttercream along with my sponge cake recipe.

    Potato starch vs flour

    Note that potato starch is not the same as potato flour, though sometimes potato starch is erroneously labelled as potato flour. Make sure what you buy is a refined, white powder, as true potato flour is made from the entire potato, including the skin, and is less refined.

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