JennT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:31pm
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I used the upside-down icing technique found in the articles section here at CC. I've done it once before, with great success. But this time, my icing is getting little beads of condensation on it and softening!!!! WHY???? icon_cry.gif This cake is for class tonight & I don't have any ingredients to make a whole other batch of icing to take with me!! What could be causing this & is there anything I can do?? I'm worried the icing will soften even more on the way to class and just eventually slide off the cake... icon_sad.gif Thanks for any help icon_smile.gif

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JennT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:39pm
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Bueller, Bueller, anyone....Bueller????

cakefairy18 Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:42pm
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That happened to me once and the icing was too thin...ummm...was you cake frozen?? maybe its defrosting and that's whats happening

JennT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:45pm
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Thanks so much for answering! No, the cake isn't frozen...but I think it could maybe be that my icing was too thin. ??? Last week my instructor told me it was too thick - now I make it too thin! icon_mad.gif But I still don't understand how icing that's too thin would cause sweating on top of the icing?? Hopefully it can make it to class and back home icon_rolleyes.gif

JennT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:46pm
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Just had a thought....if the air in my house is not cool enough - not hot, necessarily, but not cool either - would that cause the sweating once it comes out of the freezer possibly?

IHATEFONDANT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:54pm
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Anything cooler than your freezer may cause the condensation...can you blot it with papertowels??

IHATEFONDANT Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 10:54pm
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Meant to say "Warmer" not cooler...it's been a long day.

Loucinda Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 11:30pm
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No, the cake isn't frozen...




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would that cause the sweating once it comes out of the freezer possibly?




I am having a hard time understanding....your first post said it was not a frozen cake and then one of the next one says it is.......

I would think that condensation would be a problem if the cake had been a frozen one.....I really don't know for sure though, I have never put one in the freezer. In the "How do I" section there are a couple of folks having issues with thawing cakes today. Hopefully one of the folks that freezes regularly will chime in here for you.

Cakeasyoulikeit Posted 16 Jan 2006 , 11:42pm
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I am guessing what she is doing with her cake is putting it in the freezer briefly after doing a crumb coat to make that set, not freezing the cake itself.

As for the rest, not sure I can help...sorry!

JennT Posted 17 Jan 2006 , 4:24am

Cakesasyoulikeit - You got it! lol icon_wink.gif

As I said in the initial post: I was following the directions on the Upside-down Icing Technique which is posted here at CC in the articles section. http://cakecentral.com/article6-Upside-Down-Icing-Technique-for-Perfectly-Smooth-Icing.html It calls for placing the cake in the freezer between steps if you're using all shortening icing; in the fridge if using half butter/half shortening...the cake was NOT frozen...as I said.

It thankfully turned out fine anyway...though the icing did soften a little, it didn't start sliding off the cake. But it did keep an almost wet look, though...sort of like IMBC can look, sometimes. My instructor just blamed it on the humidity this afternoon...lol...it's supposed to rain tomorrow & it was 70 degrees here today. That's what I get for living in the South! icon_razz.gif

Thanks to all of you for your advice!

Loucinda Posted 17 Jan 2006 , 3:38pm
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As I said in the initial post: I was following the directions on the Upside-down Icing Technique which is posted here at CC in the articles section. http://cakecentral.com/article6-Upside-Down-Icing-Technique-for-Perfectly-Smooth-Icing.html It calls for placing the cake in the freezer between steps if you're using all shortening icing; in the fridge if using half butter/half shortening...the cake was NOT frozen...as I said.




I see - never have done or read about the upside down technique. (I just assume anytime you deal with refrigeration you take the chance of issues of this sort.) Sorry I didn't search and read what the technique was before posting! Learned something new today. icon_wink.gif

Hope you got it figured out ok.

JennT Posted 18 Jan 2006 , 4:52pm

I think I was just freaking out because I didn't have that problem the last time I used that method...which works great, by the way for getting a super smooth finish! thumbs_up.gif Plus I was just a few hours away from class-time & had no idea whatsoever to do to keep it from turning into a mess...lol. I think I figured out that it was a combination of things...my icing was slightly thinner than it should've been, the humidity was something like 97% and my house isn't exactly perfectly sealed so it was a little humid inside, too; and taking it out of the freezer into that humid air was just too much for it. Had I put more meringue powder in the icing, maybe it would've stopped the sweating, and had my air conditioner been down near 60 degrees or something, that would've helped too...lol.

We live & learn...right?? lol icon_wink.gif

Loucinda Posted 18 Jan 2006 , 5:01pm

Being from Ohio....it is so funny reading about needing a/c and having humidity troubles in January!!

subaru Posted 18 Jan 2006 , 5:12pm

I've had that problem before. My crumb coat was too thin. I had to eventually scrape the whole mess off and start over. better to have it thick than too thin. Luckily I had enough to do over. Never made that mistake again.

sweet_honesty Posted 18 Jan 2006 , 5:24pm

Having read this thread I need some major advice. I've been wanting to try that upside down thing for a while now but I live in the sunny old Caribbean where its hot and humid every day of the year. To tell the truth I was skeptical about the whole fridge/ freezer to countertop thing because I figured the cake would "sweat" and Jenn just confirmed that for me. Should I bother giving it a try? And what was that about increasing the amount of meringue powder?????

JennT Posted 18 Jan 2006 , 5:30pm
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Being from Ohio....it is so funny reading about needing a/c and having humidity troubles in January!!




I know...the weather is so crazy down here! lol That was Monday that it was 70 degrees w/ 97% humidity...by Tuesday afternoon, it was something like 58 degrees and almost no humidity...even colder today! It can be very frustrating. thumbsdown.gif I used to try to 'put up' our summer clothes, ie shorts, etc. - from like November thru early March....gave that whole charade up a couple of years ago...lol. We can literally be wearing shorts one day and then for the next 4 days have to be in sweaters & coats. I just invested in another dresser for the kids...one's warm weather clothes, the other cold weather stuff. Wish I could come up with a similar solution for icing & cakes....lol icon_razz.gif

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