Melting buttercream

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I've bee having some problems with buttercream melting, how can I stabilize it without resorting to subbing in some vegetable fat or increasing the sugar content?

I imagine gelatin would work but it needs to be vegetarian, I tried agar but it either melted the butter or solidified before being fully combined.

Another option I'm yet to try but I image would work is adding melted white chocolate, at a ratio of 1:1 or 2:1, on the basis that ganache is pretty temp stable.

I tried adding cornstarch but that did absolutely nothing.

Guar gum is coming in the post so that's my next step.

Any further suggestions?
 

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How do you make buttercream without using egg whites? Sorry get past that and can't give advice.
 

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I'm going to come right out and say it. You are unethical and you do not deserve to be in business.
 

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H Harry Batten I owe you an apology. Yes, I was mistaken. That was terrible of me, reading vegetarian as vegan, vegan as vegetarian... Once again, my sincere apologies.
 
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Under certain conditions BC melts....just a fact.
High ratio solid shortening will give you a tiny bit of wiggle room by allowing the addition of more powdered sugar (remember it has cornstarch in it).
But until the variable causing the problem (heat I suspect ) is removed the problem will remain and your BC will continue to have sub par quality.
I learned very early on that some customer requests are just plain crazy ... I educate them and if they still insist that they want to display their $1K wedding cake under a blazing summer sun, I make absolutely sure this is addressed as a line item in the contract with their initial next to it.

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You can try adding meringue powder. I've never done it myself but have heard that suggested as a solve. Replacing part of the butter with a hi ratio shortening will make it more stable without giving you the greasy mouthfeel of regular shortening.
 
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