mareg Posted 21 May 2007 , 3:52am
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After trime consuming crunbcoating a 3 tier cake today I was just thinking do I HAVE to do this? It would save soooo much time.

thanks for taking the time to answer my poll question! thumbs_up.gif

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MissLady85 Posted 21 May 2007 , 3:54am
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i seam to get ALOT of crumbs in my icing if i dont crumb coat.. but thats just me...

kelleym Posted 21 May 2007 , 3:58am
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For important cakes, it's a must for me. It tends to get crumbly and bulge without a crumb coat.

NewbeeBaker Posted 21 May 2007 , 3:59am
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Same here as the pp mentioned. I get crumbs in my icing if I don't. But I do not own the icer tip(on my list to buy), which I guess works awesome for icing the cake and not having crumbs in the icing! Jen

Juds2323 Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:00am
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I don't crumb coat, but I do use the icing tip. I found that if I don't use the tip I am more likely to get crumbs but with the icing tip it's thick enough that I don't have to really worry about crumbs. But this is a personal preference. I think the majority crumb coat.



Badeerah Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:04am
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i do have the icer tip and have not used it, does it really help with not getting the crumbs in the icing? Is it because it puts it on kind of thick? Just asking, have patience I am still learning. icon_confused.gif

Schmoop Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:08am
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I have had the icer tip for about a year and a half and have never used it, purely because of laziness. I have heard it makes a difference though!

Blue0877 Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:15am
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I have never crumb coated but I have a question about you crumb coat at let it sit for a certain amount of time? do you let it crust? and does that affect the coat you put on top at all?

Schmoop Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:16am
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You let it crust and when you ice over that, the crumbs don't show up on the second layer, or most of them don't.

Sweetcakes23 Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:19am

Yes, I think it's important to crumb coat. Makes for a much nicer second layer WITHOUT crumb issues.

Blue0877 Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:20am

thank you Schmoop!! Maybe I'll give it a try next time!!

Elizabeth19 Posted 21 May 2007 , 4:30am

I started using the icing tip about a month ago and havent crumb coated since. I thought the tip would be more time consuming but for me it has actually turned out to be a time saver! I love it!!! As of yet I havent had any crumb problems. I also like the icing tip because I know Ive got an even thickness of icing on the cake (I always used to worry about that!).

cupcake Posted 21 May 2007 , 5:08am

I always glaze my cakes, not only does it help on the crumbs, but it can add additional moistness and flavor, especially when using variety coatings.

MsRhonda Posted 21 May 2007 , 6:47am

When I first started, I always crumbed coated and then I got lazy and tried not crumb coating and in the end I went back to doing the crumb coat. It is worth the little extra time and effort.

gismo12002 Posted 21 May 2007 , 2:33pm

This is ONE of the best tips--that helps me--that I have recieved from this site! I would NOT make a cake now without crumb coating it!! It may be time consuming--but WELL worth the time spent!!

mareg Posted 22 May 2007 , 9:40pm

Thanks a bunch...I guess I'll continue to crumb coat! Looks like most of us do!! icon_smile.gif

Delicate-Lee Posted 22 May 2007 , 10:39pm

I crumb coat only certain its half half really

ShirleyW Posted 22 May 2007 , 10:48pm

I crumb coat every cake I make, whether iced in Italian meringue buttercream or chocolate icing. It just gives you a smoother surface to work on and having a cake perfectly iced is always important to me.

rcs Posted 22 May 2007 , 11:32pm

I crumb coat but I just bought the icing tip so I may try not crumb coating and just using the icing tip after reading this forum!

babycakes7651 Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:05am

Has anyone ever tried icing a cake like Toba Garrett shows in her book? I used to have so much trouble and then I tried her way and I LOVE it. And I don't have to crumb coat either! Just a thought......

babycakes7651 Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:06am

Has anyone ever tried icing a cake like Toba Garrett shows in her book? I used to have so much trouble and then I tried her way and I LOVE it. And I don't have to crumb coat either! Just a thought......

mareg Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:29am

I don't have her book. What does she suggest?

Suebee Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:38am

If the cake is not cooperating - I will crumb coat.

shelbur10 Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:39am

I didn't crumb coat for a long time, but since I started doing it, it makes a world of difference. Not only does it trap the crumbs, but like ShirleyW mentioned, it just gives me a nicer surface to work on. Big difference for me in the finished product.

jescapades Posted 23 May 2007 , 2:39am

chocolate cake with white frosting is the bane of my existance. even when i crumb coat, i get crumbs in my frosting. sometimes i wonder if i should start a new trend! icon_lol.gif

BakingGirl Posted 23 May 2007 , 3:21am

I have been using the Toba Garrett method but find it very time consuming. So I have bought the icer tip, at least it is a lot bigger than using a no 18 star tip to cover the cake with.

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