My "cool-Whip Like" Lesson....

Decorating By mamafrogcakes Updated 21 Dec 2005 , 4:03am by mamafrogcakes

mamafrogcakes Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 3:59am
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Well, some of you may remember my post about a week or so ago about a lady wanting an icing like cool whip. I searched, posted, reviewed, etc. SEVERAL different recipes, from IMBC, to stabilized whipping cream, dream whip, to different types of regular BC. I stressed out about this WAY too much!!!! I talked it over with her and we decided on the dream whip based icing (from the recipe section). I've made this before and it isn't too sweet at all and I had no problems with it before. WELLLLLLL, let's just say that this icing is not meant for detailed work or stacked cakes, IMO. I could not get the icing smooth, it kept moving around, all kinds of stuff!! I stuck the thing in the fridge for HOURS and it still would not even harden the slightest bit for me to work with.
This woman wanted a Disney princess cake similar to another one that I did. I thought it was going to be easy considering I had made this design before (she wanted only a grapevine & drop flowers). This cake took me 10x longer than it should have and then STILL didn't come out that good!! I was so disappointed. BUT lesson learned------do what you know, if you don't know it, then make sure it's going to work before you do it! And most of all, have faith in those gut feelings!!!
I now have a new rule---if someone wants a stacked cake----it's on MY grounds! icon_mad.gif and no fluffy light icing for it either!!!!

I did want to thank everyone for all their posts and suggestions!!! Especially SquirrellyCakes and others who TOLD ME SO, but I didn't listen icon_redface.gif Live, decorate, learn, right????

24 replies
mjsparkles2001 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 4:02am
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It looks beautiful.

Lizzard1 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 4:09am
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I thinks it looks very nice! icon_biggrin.gif

okieinalaska Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 4:10am
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Cute cake! Sorry to hear about your troubles. Which recipe did you use??

I use a dream whip based recipe all the time and love it. It crusts a little bit, I use the paper towel trick and I can make shells etc.... I am pretty sure I could do roses although I don't I have ever tried.

mamafrogcakes Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 4:38am
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I think it's called Creamy Dreamy in the recipes section. I used it before and I seem to remember it crusting just slightly enough to smooth. I would have never used it had I know it would have turned out that way. The grapevines and flowers cover alot of the problems. It took me forever!!!! I'm just mad about the top sections and places like that. Alot of times frustration with a cake comes in how much time and effort it took!!!
Thanks for the compliments though guys icon_redface.gif

JennT Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 5:45am
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Awww, MammaFrog...don't fret!! It still looks beautiful! thumbs_up.gif And I bet the customer was happy, too...was she? icon_wink.gif

lotsoftots Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 10:36am
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Well, the end result was beautiful.

stephanie214 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 12:14pm
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Sometimes the cakes that we do all the time, end up one time or another giving us problems.

Sorry to hear that you had so much trouble.

Your cake is very pretty...great job.

MrsMissey Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 12:56pm
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..I have to agree..your cake looks excellent!

cakefairy18 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 1:52pm
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I use my dream whip recipe for everything..frosting, borders, writing, roses, other BC flowers....everything!! it's the only recipe i make...

can i ask which one u used??

dodibug Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 1:59pm
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I think it looks great!! Did the icing taste like cool whip after all this trouble!?!?

jekizer Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 2:06pm
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Cake Fairy~~ Do you mind sharing your recipe? I have been looking for a recipe that this for a long time and have not found one the I could use to decorate with.

MamaFrog ~~ I love your cake!! I think it turned out very well.

bubblezmom Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 2:56pm
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Now, has she ever seen a grocery store whipped cream frosting cake with any detailed design? No! She was asking for you to hand her the world on a platter. You did an amazing job working with the whipped frosting.

I tried the firmer version of the dream whip frosting and it had a serious grit issue. crunch, crunch, crunch.

mamafrogcakes Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 3:20pm
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Here is the recipe I used. Don't get me wrong it was a good icing, I just had major problems with it to get it nice and smooth and hold up for these decorations and to be stacked. Who knows, maybe it's just me! I wouldn't be surprised!!!

And like I said, I will NEVER do it again---but she was happy. Geez icon_rolleyes.gif

llee815 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 3:25pm
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Beautiful cake! Sorry about all your troubles though.

okieinalaska Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 6:08pm
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Here is the one I use and am very happy with. I don't use boiling water though, just hot water.

Dream Whip Icing

2lbs or 1 kg bag of confectioners sugar
1 pkg dream whip
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups crisco shortening
2 tsp clear vanilla flavouring
1 Tbsp clear corn syrup
2-3 tbs flour

Cream shortening, add dream whip then corn syrup then rest of ingredients. You can't taste the flour but if you are worried use less.
Whip up till fluffy. No need for refrigeration but it is fine in the fridge as well. Tastes great, not so sweet and crusts well.

jekizer Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 6:09pm
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Hey Okie.. can you use this recipe to decorate with? Is it stiff?

cake77 Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 6:12pm
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Your cake is beautiful. I use the dream whip recipe all the time, alittle different from this one but basically the same, and have no problems. I even did my sons wedding cake with this, and it worked great.


okieinalaska Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 10:49pm
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I have done shells and a few other things. I can't recall if I have ever done roses using it. What I have at home right now is a mix of the dream whip and a regular buttercream recipe (long story, LOL) or I would try it out when I get home and give you a yes or no. But I think the answer is YES. It just depends on how much water you add. If you want it thicker add less water. : )

abbey Posted 20 Dec 2005 , 10:58pm
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OK this may be a stupid question but what exactly is dream whip. Is it like cool whip or is it a packet of something you mix. I've never seen it but it sounds yummy to me. Where is it located in the grocery store.
Oh and mama you cake looks great.

mamafrogcakes Posted 21 Dec 2005 , 1:10am
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Amy that one does sound different, much more of the dream whip.

Doug Posted 21 Dec 2005 , 1:18am
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Originally Posted by abbey

OK this may be a stupid question but what exactly is dream whip. Is it like cool whip or is it a packet of something you mix. I've never seen it but it sounds yummy to me. Where is it located in the grocery store.
Oh and mama you cake looks great.

it's a package mix

most WalMarts have it in the baking isle, usually on the same side as the sugar, on top shelf near gelatin, etc.

Kelrak Posted 21 Dec 2005 , 1:20am
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Beautiful!!! My daughter took one look and said, "I want that cake next year. That lady is a professional!" She is 7 going on 16. icon_lol.gif

gma1956 Posted 21 Dec 2005 , 4:03am
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Great cake. I really like it. Sorry about your hard time. I recently had a cake that was a difficult one. I was so disappointed in it I didn't even take a picture. Yours is very cute. I love the colors.

mamafrogcakes Posted 21 Dec 2005 , 4:03am
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Oh well thank you! That was sweet!!!! Even from smarty pants!!! I have a feeling thats the way my daughters going to be. She's 5 and knows EVERYTHING! icon_lol.gif

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