This is the tasty buttercream frosting that I used on my Blackout Chocolate Cake for my son’s birthday. I just couldn’t help myself – I’m so into these real, natural, organic fruit powders! Who doesn’t love the idea of real raspberries in their buttercream frosting without the side effects of fresh ones?
Last time I tossed a handful of fresh berries into my perfect frosting it became a sad, sad scene in my kitchen. Soupy and lumpy frosting if you add enough to create natural color AND strong flavor. Lumpy and soupy are not words we use to describe perfect buttercream frosting.
My not-so-secret-anymore ingredient is freeze-dried fruits. Natural, organic, and REAL fruits that are easily incorporated into recipes for TRUE and REAL flavor. I struggle so much with needing to use extracts and imitation flavors and these little crispy dry gems solve it all! I love these ones from Natierra.
Now I need to clarify here. We are using freeze-dried, not dehydrated. They are not the same thing. There is zero moisture whatsoever in freeze-dried. You break it in half and it snaps and releases a bit of powder into the air. They are THAT dry. Think of dehydrated fruits as being like raisins. While they most certainly are not plump and juicy, they also aren’t fully dry. They are chewy and they have give to them. They will make a thick paste if you try to grind or puree them. Doesn’t work the same. For buttercream, it would just be really, really tough to get it to mix evenly and not end up in clumps all over the place.
These freeze-dried fruits are available in sooooooo many different kinds of fruit including pineapple, green apple, the INCREDIBLE blueberry I used in my blueberry fondant, mango… So many possibilities! The cake world should buy stock in this company because I think we’re about to make their product skyrocket! (Note: I don’t own stock in them. I don’t get anything free from them. I just like what they make. But if they wanted to send me a huge box of free-dried fruit to play with and make cool recipes, I’d be totally open to that. Just puttin’ that out there… 😉 )