why would you use this instead of regular buttercream? What are the differences between the two?
You mean crusting buttercream isn't "regular"?
Easy to smooth, make flowers, roses, borders, stringwork. It's still soft on the inside, so the roses are nice and edible.
I can't imagine using any other kind on wedding cakes.
so is the consistensy the main difference? Is it only used for decoration and not icing the cake?
I use my one single icing recipe for everything. It's the only icing I've used for 25 years for everything single thing that I do on a cake. For years, I was under the impression that it was the ONLY icing that everyone in the world used on wedding cakes! When my friend gave me the recipe, she told me it was wedding cake icing and I took her literally!
I had to cut a wedding cake that didn't use a crusting icing once. Geesh, I hated that! It was sticky and gooey and with the center dowel rod down the center, it was difficult to disassemble without making a mess on my fingers. I finally told the family member, who was helping, "Ok... we're not going to worry about keeping it pretty. With this gooey icing, it's just going to be messed up, no matter what we do." The actual cutting was a nightmare .. sticky, gooey icing all over the cake knife so the knife had to be cleaned off after every cut, which means it took 6 times as long to cut the cake.
The experience just made me love my icing that much more!
Ok, I got your recipe from cc, Im gonna try it!! Thanks!
Indydebi, which crusting bc recipe do you use? There are several on cc.
Thank you for the recipe.
I love crusting buttercream...It makes your icing more smooth..you can play with it more..
Thanks. I was using "crusting butercream" for my search and didn't know which it was.
Serious Cakes here on CC has a great recipe also. Tried it for the first time this weekend and I am now a HUGE fan of crusting buttercream... it's the BOMB!!
What I like most about it is that you can smooth it. I didn't have any Viva paper towels, but tried using a couple napkins and WOW!!! Now I just want to bake another cake and try again.