I have a few questions regarding buttercream:
1. I have a pudding filling in between my cake layers so I know that it needs refrigeration until serving. How do you store your cake after you have applied the crumb layer (i.e. wrap it in saran wrap, store in tupperware, nothing, etc.)?
2. How far in advance can you make the crumb layer? (I applied the crumb layer on Saturday night and plan on decorating it on Monday. Did I do the crumb layer too early?)
3. If I didn't have a filling which required refrigeration, what is the protocol for buttercream crumb layers? (i.e. do I keep it at room temperature after I have applied the final layer of frosting?)
4. Is there a different protocol with buttercream recipes with shortening (i.e Wilton's recipe) vs. buttercream recipes with butter & milk?
Thank you so much for your input!
If it has dairy in it, it has to be refrigerated.
I will store my cakes in the frig in my cake carrier if they are small. For larger cakes I put them in a cake box, just to make sure that nothing drops on them until they are picked up.
If I have a tight schedule I will crumb coat the night before. If there is a filling other than buttercream I don't like it to sit around too long.
With a pudding filling, you may have started too early. It tends to absorb into the cake.
Here's another thread where we're talking about whether or not bc needs to be refrigerated:
Only if your filling is perishable does your cake need to be refrigerated. I never put my cakes in the fridge, even when I'm doing a crumb coat. I let the crumb coat crust over then put the final coat on.
Hope this helps
Thanks for your replies. I will check out all the links. Looks like I may have a soggy pudding cake by Monday.
since I use a good crusting BC, I crumb coat minutes before applying the final icing coat. I crumb coat one tier ... set it aside as I crumb coat the next tier. By the time I'm done with the 2nd tier, the first one is ready to be iced. I usually crumb coat all 3 or 4 tiers, then immediately start icing them. Otherwise, I just leave them in the freezer until it's time to crumb them. Since it only takes minutes to thaw a cake, I only have to take them out of the freezer about 30 minutes before I start to work on them.