Buttercream Icing Not Crusting

Decorating By MRMonroe Updated 21 Oct 2008 , 8:29pm by MRMonroe

MRMonroe Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 12:34am
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HELP!!! I am having problems with my buttercream icing crusting. I am using the Wilton's buttercream recipe but for some reason now it is not crusting. When I get ready to transfer something on it using piping gel, it is a MESS. What am I doing wrong?

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indydebi Posted 19 Oct 2008 , 12:51am
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I'm not familiar with the recipe ... what is the fat/sugar ratio? (crusting is a result of the fat/sugar ratio .... more sugar, more crusting ..... more fat, less crusting.) How much liquid is added? Are you refrigerating the iced cake or allowing it to air dry (which aids the crusting process). Are you icing a warm, cold or frozen cake?

MRMonroe Posted 20 Oct 2008 , 2:25pm
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I am icing a cold cake.
I allow it to air dry.

I use about 1/8 cup of water.
1 cup crisco
2 cup sugar
2 tablespoon flavor

pastryjen Posted 20 Oct 2008 , 5:10pm
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I'm not all that familiar with the crusting ratio. Yours does have a bit more fat than my recipe, which is...

1 c crisco
1/2 butter or marg.
8 c icing sugar (or 1 kg)
2 tsp flavour
1/2 c water (less for stiffer icing)

Hope this helps you out a bit.

TexasSugar Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 12:24am
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You need more sugar. At least 4 cups (1lb) of sugar for the 1 cup of crisco to have crusting icing.

ThreeDGirlie Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 2:33pm
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1 C fat / 2 C PS is NOT a crusting buttercream. No way, no how.

MRMonroe Posted 21 Oct 2008 , 8:29pm
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Thank you all SOOOOOOOO much for your help!!!!

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