Why are my frostings grainy?
I have several recipes that call for cooked frostings. The times I make them they come out grainy. One is similar to Coconut Pecan frosting used on German Chocolate Cake and the other is a chocolate fudge frosting that I made for brownies.
The first time I made the Coconut Pecan frosting, I accidently let it boil, so I thought that that is why it got grainy. The next time I made it, I was careful not to let it boil. It says to cook it for 9 minutes, so that is what I did, but it still came out grainy. It uses butter, sugar and sweetened condensed milk.
I have only made the chocolate fudge frosting once. It is a boiled frosting that you "beat without cooling until a spreadable constistancy". I just kept stirring it quickly until it cooled and thickened, but the cooler it got the grainier it got. Should I have beat it with a mixer vs by hand? This recipe uses butter, brown sugar, chocolate and cream.
Any ideas on what I may be doing wrong? I really like the flavors of both of these frostings but it is driving me nuts that they are turning out grainy!