A very solid entry from Vape Train in the frosting genre. A good blend of sweetness, vibrancy, richness and mouthfeel. I’d eat this straight from the tub.
That old familiar Vape Train vanilla shows up here again, and it’s still pretty good. More importantly, this feels like the right home for it. It’s a brighter, commercial vanilla that still has some nuance. It’s a frosting vanilla, and this is a frosting. I’m in.
The body of the flavor, again, seems pretty perfect for a frosting. You’ve got some buttery richness and a bit of waxy body. It all pretty cohesively works as a vanilla frosting. It’s not super, super dense but some cursory mixing attempts have given me a pretty good separation in mixes, which is probably more important than the mouthfeel solo.
Buttercream itself, at least the “fancy” stuff, can be a bit off-puttingly rich and flat, but the sweetness here seems wholly appropriate. That more vibrant vanilla and sweetness probably takes away from that “artisanal” bakery feel, but It’s really better off for it. Think fancier canned frosting, and you’re good.
I think compares pretty favorably to the other available frosting options. For the explicit buttercreams, this has quite a bit more actual frosting flavor to it than Capella Butter Cream. Capella has a very waxy, full presence, but it really hasn’t ever struck me as tasting like an actual frosting. It’s quite a bit fuller and richer than Lorann’s Cream Cheese Icing, but icing ain’t frosting, so whatever. I’ve occasionally used Inawera for a waxy, frosting-esque vanilla flavor but I do think this concentrate will work substantially better. It’s a bit more straight forward and punchier than trying to use something like Capella Vanilla Cupcake for the frosting note. It’s a pretty good choice overall for your bakeries that need a distinct frosting.
Trying this at my testing percentages was interesting. I’d say, at 2%, it’s okay. There is a good amount of vanilla, some buttery richness but the mouthfeel is maybe just a bit thin and wispy. At 6%, you’ve got more texture and a more defined vanilla but I’m picking up this weird almost weird vegetal savory note. I’m not sure if it’s just too much butter, but it’s not quite a frosting. Through the use of superior logic and lack of clean bottles to make an approximate 4% mix and it seemed to be the way forward. Solid (but not overbearing texture), good vanilla, rich but not oily. I’d probably stay in the 3-4% range with this one. You can always go lower as an accent, but it’s not going to read much like a light frosting. More some disjointed frosting components.
But yeah, this is probably a recommendation by this point.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Vape Train Vanilla Buttercream, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30+ days.
Profile: Frosting with a bright, full vanilla and moderate buttery richness. Pretty solid mouthfeel without being completely waxy. Sweetness is on point.
Off-Flavors: Gets kind of weird and vegetal at higher percentages.
Throat Hit: Nah.
Percentage Recommendation: I’d go around 3-4% as a fairly prominent frosting component. Using this an accent is possible, but it doesn’t really resemble frosting so much as some butter and vanilla.
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