funwithsugar Posted 31 May 2005 , 10:53pm
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I have been using the Wilton recipe and it seems to crust very quickly. When I try to smooth the icing (whether with a warm spatula or a cold one) I end up with a sticky mess that seems almost like marshmallow. I have to frost it fast and try to make it perfect the first time around. I have tried waiting and using a piece of parchment paper but as soon as I disturb the frosting, LOOK OUT! Should I add more water? More sugar? Less shortening? Brands of powdered sugar? icon_cry.gif

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AgentCakeBaker Posted 31 May 2005 , 11:06pm
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Maybe your icing is not thin enough. What consistency of icing are you using?

peg818 Posted 31 May 2005 , 11:15pm
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if you are crusting over too quickly add a little more fat. That should help you, Alittle extra liquid will buy you some time, but the fat will buy you more.

traci Posted 1 Jun 2005 , 12:19am
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Adding a little more water has always helped me. I have also noticed that my icing smoothes better when I add water instead of milk.
traci

cesi Posted 1 Jun 2005 , 1:31am
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Originally Posted by funwithsugar

I have been using the Wilton recipe and it seems to crust very quickly. When I try to smooth the icing (whether with a warm spatula or a cold one) I end up with a sticky mess that seems almost like marshmallow. I have to frost it fast and try to make it perfect the first time around. I have tried waiting and using a piece of parchment paper but as soon as I disturb the frosting, LOOK OUT! Should I add more water? More sugar? Less shortening? Brands of powdered sugar? icon_cry.gif




I was having the same problem until I asked my Wilton teacher who told me to thin the icing with light color Karo syrup. I've used it twice now and its not crusting as fast and I can smooth it out with a hot spatula when i'm ready. Your consistency needs to be thin which means it should be SLIGHTLY runny.

Gay Posted 11 Jul 2005 , 12:28am
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icon_smile.gif Try using Domino's XXX sugar and Crisco. I tried the cheaper store brands once and got the same results you describe. Good Luck!

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