Glossy Buttercream

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The new trend in buttercream flowers is this Korean buttercream recipe that’s glossy but dense and firm. Similar to a meringue buttercream this is egg white-based and the original recipe is made using the Italian meringue method

Glossy Buttercream Flowers - Korean Recipe
Korean Buttercream recipe for sugar flowers

Are you ready to unlock the secrets behind creating breathtaking floral designs that will leave everyone in awe? Get ready to embark on a journey into the world of Korean glossy buttercream, where delicate and lifelike flowers come to life.

Understanding Korean Glossy Buttercream

To truly grasp the magic of Korean glossy buttercream, it’s essential to understand what sets it apart from other forms of cake decorating. This delicate and lifelike buttercream artistry goes beyond simply adorning cakes with flowers—it’s about creating something truly breathtaking.

  • At its core, Korean glossy buttercream is characterized by its smooth and glossy finish, giving the flowers a realistic sheen that is almost too beautiful to eat. The secret lies in the unique combination of ingredients and techniques used to create this ethereal effect.
  • Unlike traditional buttercream, which can be quite heavy and dense, Korean glossy buttercream relies on a lighter and more whip-like consistency. This allows for greater control and precision when piping the intricate details of each petal and leaf. The result is a visually stunning flower that appears almost weightless.
  • The artistry of Korean glossy buttercream goes beyond just the technique—it’s also about the deep appreciation for nature and the beauty of flowers. Each flower is meticulously crafted to capture the intricate details and vibrant colors found in nature. From the delicate petals of a rose to the graceful curves of a peony, every flower created with Korean glossy buttercream is a masterpiece in its own right.
Glossy Buttercream Flowers - Korean Recipe
Korean Buttercream recipe for sugar flowers –

Essential Tools and Ingredients

To embark on your journey of creating awe-inspiring Korean glossy buttercream flowers, it’s essential to have the right tools and ingredients at your disposal. Just like a painter needs brushes and a palette, you too will require a few key items to bring your floral designs to life.

  • First and foremost, you will need a set of piping tips that are specifically designed for creating buttercream flowers. These piping tips come in various shapes and sizes, allowing you to craft different types of petals and leaves with precision. Experimenting with different tips will help you achieve diverse textures and shapes, adding depth and realism to your flowers.
  • A good piping bag is a must-have tool for working with Korean glossy buttercream. Look for a sturdy and flexible piping bag that can withstand the pressure of piping the thick buttercream. A reusable bag is preferred as it is more environmentally friendly and allows for easier maneuverability while creating intricate designs.
  • When it comes to the buttercream itself, it’s essential to use a recipe that is suitable for Korean glossy buttercream flowers.
  • To enhance the colors of your flowers, food coloring gels or pastes are the way to go. These concentrated colors will give your buttercream vivid and true-to-life hues. Remember to start with small amounts and gradually add more until you achieve the desired shade. It’s better to add color gradually than to overdo it and end up with an overly saturated flower.
  • Lastly, don’t forget about the tools that will assist you in shaping and assembling your flowers. Tweezers, flower formers, and foam pads are all invaluable aids that will help you create realistic petals, give them shape, and ensure that they maintain their form as they dry. Having these tools on hand will make your flower creation process more efficient and enjoyable.

Step-by-Step Flower Creation

  • Begin by preparing your buttercream frosting according to the recipe, ensuring it is smooth and the right consistency for piping. Then, transfer a portion of the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a petal tip. This will be used to create the individual petals of your flowers.
  • To create the base of your flower, start by piping a small dot of buttercream onto a flower nail. This will serve as the center of your bloom. Next, pipe a circle of petals around the dot, slightly overlapping each petal to create a natural and realistic effect. Gently lift the flower nail and transfer the flower to a flower former, allowing the petals to take shape as they dry.
  • As you progress, experiment with different petal sizes and shapes to create variety in your bouquet of flowers. For example, you can create larger petals for the outer layers of your blooms and smaller petals for the inner layers. This will add depth and dimension to your creations.
  • Pay attention to the angle and pressure of your piping to achieve different petal shapes. For curved petals, pipe at an angle away from the flower center, gently curling the tip of the petal inward. For straight petals, pipe perpendicular to the flower center, keeping a steady pressure to create a flat surface.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix different colors of buttercream to create unique and visually stunning flowers. Use a toothpick to add a small amount of gel food coloring to your piping bag before filling it with buttercream. This will allow you to achieve beautiful color gradients and shading within your petals.
  • Lastly, don’t forget about the tools that will assist you in shaping and assembling your flowers. Tweezers, flower formers, and foam pads are all invaluable aids that will help you create realistic petals, give them shape, and ensure that they maintain their form as they dry. Having these tools on hand will make your flower creation process more efficient and enjoyable.
Glossy Buttercream Flowers - Korean Recipe
Korean Buttercream recipe for sugar flowers

Tips for achieving realistic details

With your flowers shaped and drying, you’re now ready to move on to the next step: adding realistic details. Achieving lifelike and intricate details in your buttercream flowers takes practice and precision. Fine-tuning your technique will allow you to take your creations to the next level. Here are some expert tips to help you achieve those realistic details and bring your Korean glossy buttercream flowers to life.

  • Firstly, pay attention to the size and proportions of your petals and leaves. When adding details, keep in mind that nature is not perfect, so don’t be afraid to add slight imperfections or variations in size. These nuances will give your flowers a more authentic and organic look.
  • Next, consider the color palette you choose for your flowers. Adding depth and dimension to your buttercream creations is essential for achieving realistic details. Use different shades of the same color to highlight shadows and highlights, creating a more lifelike appearance. Experiment with mixing small amounts of food coloring to achieve that perfect hue.
  • Texture plays a crucial role in creating realistic details. Mimic the delicate veins on petals and leaves by using a fine piping tip or a toothpick to indent lines into the buttercream gently. Take your time and be patient with this step, as it can make a significant difference in the overall realism of your flowers.
  • Another tip for achieving realistic details is to use a small brush to add subtle accents of color to your petals. This technique, known as dry brushing, allows you to create dimension and highlights by lightly dusting a complementary or lighter shade of buttercream onto the surface. This technique works particularly well for flowers with multiple layers or intricate patterns, such as roses or peonies.

Adding the Finishing Touches

While the petals are the main focal point of your flowers, the little details can take them to the next level and make them truly stunning.

  • One way to enhance the overall appearance of your buttercream flowers is by adding a touch of color to the center of each bloom. Using a small paintbrush, carefully apply a tiny amount of food coloring to the center of the flower, creating a subtle gradient effect. This will give your flowers a more lifelike and vibrant look, making them stand out even more.
  • Another way to add those final touches is by incorporating delicate accents or embellishments. Consider adding edible glitter or edible pearls to the center of each flower for a touch of sparkle. You could also use a fine-tipped brush to add small lines or dots of contrasting buttercream to create texture or highlights on the petals. These small details may seem insignificant, but they can make a big difference in elevating the overall appearance of your buttercream flowers.
  • Remember to step back and evaluate your creations from different angles as you add the finishing touches to your Korean glossy buttercream flowers. Take a moment to make any necessary adjustments or add details that will enhance the overall look.
Glossy Buttercream Flowers - Korean Recipe
Korean Buttercream recipe for sugar flowers

Displaying and storing your beautiful flower creations

When it comes to displaying your Korean glossy buttercream flowers, consider the setting and purpose of your creation. If you’ve crafted a stunning cake adorned with these floral wonders, place it in a prominent spot at your next celebration. Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday party, or any special gathering, your guests will surely be captivated by the exquisite beauty of your flowers.

  • If your focus is on individual flower arrangements rather than cakes, you have numerous options for displaying them. A simple and elegant choice is to place them in a clear vase or jar filled with water, allowing the vibrant colors and intricate details to take center stage. Another idea is to create a small floral arrangement on a decorative plate or platter, which can serve as a charming centerpiece for your dining table or sideboard.
  • While displaying your creations is undoubtedly important, equally vital is the proper storage of your Korean glossy buttercream flowers. To keep them fresh and intact, place them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. This will help preserve their shape and prevent them from drying out. Remember to handle them gently when arranging or transferring them to the container to avoid any damage.
  • To extend the lifespan of your flower creations, it’s recommended to enjoy them within a few days. The vibrant colors and delicate texture are best appreciated when the flowers are at their freshest. However, if you find yourself with leftover flowers, you can repurpose them as delightful cake toppers or accents on other desserts. Don’t let any of your hard work go to waste!
  • Now that you know how to display and store your beautiful Korean glossy buttercream flowers, you can confidently showcase your creations with pride. The next time you embark on this artistic journey, remember to step back and admire your handiwork before finding the perfect way to display them. With a little care and attention, your breathtaking flower creations will continue to bring joy and admiration long after they leave your kitchen.,

I’m told this popular method of making buttercream flowers was created by a Korean lady of G.G.Caraft. The flowers have a soft yet glossy appearance.

The recipe card below has her recipe as explained in this video for how to make her glossy buttercream – at the beginning of the video, she talks about how she created the video and about copyright. The actual recipe starts at 12.20. She does have lots of buttercream flower tutorials on her YouTube Channel.

Glossy Buttercream Flowers - Korean Recipe

Glossy Korean Buttercream Recipe

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories: 204kcal
Adjust Servings Here: 20 flowers

Description

The new trend in buttercream flowers is this Korean buttercream recipe that glossy but dense and firm. Similar to a meringue buttercream this is egg white-based and the original recipe is made using the Italian meringue method.

Equipment /Tools

  • Double boiler
  • Saucepan
  • Stand-mixer
  • Mixing bow

Ingredients 

  • 50 g (1.76 oz) Water
  • 50 grams (0.25 cups) Sugar
  • 150 grams (0.75 cups) Sugar
  • 450 grams (1.98 cups) Unsalted butter 80% fat
  • 150 grams (0.62 cups) Egg white fresh
ADJUST SERVINGS HERE – 20 flowers

Instructions

  • Prep – Cut butter into cubes and freeze to 10℃ / 50℉.
  • Whip – Place the egg whites in a clean, grease-free stand mixer bowl with the whisk attachment on medium speed. Once the egg whites foam up, gradually add the 50 grams of sugar. Continue to whip until the eggs are stiff peaks but still shiny.
  • Syrup – Place 150 grams of sugar and water in the heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and do not stir. If necessary, shake the pan. Place a thermometer in the syrup and let it reach 118℃ / 244℉
  • Temper – Gradually pour the sugar syrup into the whipped egg whites. Once all the sugar is in, beat the egg whites for a few more minutes.
  • Chill – Place the meringue bowl inside the freezer until the meringue cools to below 30℃ / 86℉ temperature.
  • Butter – Add the chilled butter one cube at a time (10℉/ 50℃) into the cooled meringue one at a time. At this time, the buttercream will break down at first and then start to blend again. just continue to whip until you have no more water in the bowl.
  • Color – Your buttercream is now ready to be colored and used to make glossy buttercream flowers

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Nutrition Information
Nutrition Facts
Glossy Korean Buttercream Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 18mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 562IU11%
Calcium 6mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information and metric conversion are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator. Thank you

Keywords – Buttercream, buttercream flowers, glossy, sugar flowers
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Swiss meringue glossy Korean buttercream?

I do like the buttercream but making this Italian meringue buttercream was not the easiest of processes where I had to measure the temperature of everything from butter to sugar syrup and meringue. I did it once but I knew I would not do it again. So I had to figure out how to do that in the Swiss meringue method which is my preferred method. So here is an adapted version of this recipe using the Swiss meringue method where you do not need a thermometer.

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  1. IIf I make Italian Meringue Buttercream, but add cold butter instead of room temperature butter, will that be the glossy Korean Buttercream? Thanks.

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