I find as I get older that I'm more and more dissatisfied with buttercream of all sorts. It's SO heavy and sweet and strong that it overpowers my nice cake recipes.
I'm looking for ideas for frosting types that would be a lot more subtle. I've never tried anything super fancy. A 7 minute type frosting has a nice soft texture but is too sweet...chocolate cream type frostings are too fudgy (but might work if used in very thin layers?), and my standard American style buttercream is just too EVERYTHING.
Any alternatives that I might try? It still needs to have the staying power of regular frostings, so nothing that has to be eaten within the day.
In particular, I'm thinking of frostings that would be nice on yellow and white cakes. I'm very happy with the Cooks Illustrated recipes I have for those two types, and being on the delicate side, they just disappear under all the frostings I've tried.
I should say that Cooks Illustrated gives a cooked, egg-based buttercream recipe with the yellow cake that I have not tried. Maybe that would do what I'm looking for?