Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase

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In a Nutshell

Brides-to-be take a look at vendors’ latest wares in order to plan every detail of their wedding from the dress to the cake

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Promotional value expires Mar 22, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for admission for two for the Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase ($30 value)
  • $29 for admission for four for the Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase ($60 value)

The event will be held Sunday, March 22, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Buttercream: A Piece-of-Cake Frosting

The frostings here don’t just look pretty—they’re also sweet, rich, and creamy. Read on to find out what goes into a perfect buttercream.

Sure, things like spices, fruit, and chocolate are nice, but the irresistible power of most desserts flows in large part from fat and sugar. In fact, that’s all you need to make a buttercream frosting. The “cream” part of the name comes not from the dairy product but from the mixing method: for a basic version, you vigorously blend—or cream—a source of fat into powdered sugar. Margarine and shortening may not taste as rich as butter, but their higher melting point can be an advantage, since the frosting will hold up better under heat.

Buttercreams of the World

Whether you get more complex than that depends on the style you’re working in. French buttercream starts with a thick sugar syrup, which is whipped into a mixture of egg yolks and butter, making for a thick, spreadable meringue. For an airier texture, Italians use beaten egg whites instead, and Swiss meringue buttercream takes the shortcut of whisking the sugar and egg whites together over heat. Some recipes may even call for milk, depending on the consistency desired, and any variety can serve as a filling between cake layers or the mortar of your buildings in a gingerbread earthquake scene.

Bonus Points

  • French buttercreams tend to be least prone to separation because of the natural emulsifiers (substances that help fat and water mix) found in egg yolks.
  • Bakers have a trick for producing ultra-smooth buttercream surfaces: the “crumb layer,” which is created by chilling the frosted cake before adding a second layer of frosting to even things out.

Customer Reviews

The Groupon was an excellent value and the show was very informative. Would definitely take a future bride there again!
Beverly W. · March 22, 2016
Yes. They had a lot of info there and it was very helpful and fun.
Kelly B. · March 22, 2016
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