Newbie Question!

Decorating By brookelynsmom Updated 21 Jan 2009 , 2:15pm by foxymomma521

brookelynsmom Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 1:31am
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Hi Everyone!

I just made my first batch of buttercream icing, and it is definately NOT white in color!! It's got a yellowish tent to it. Is this normal? Is there a way to make it a brighter white color?

Help!! icon_surprised.gif

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prterrell Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 1:45am
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If you used real butter, then, yes, the end result is not snow-white. If you need a pure white icing you can add White White. However, be careful as large amounts of this will thin out the icing. If you will be coloring the icing other colors, don't worry about making it pure white first.

HTH!

JanH Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 1:50am
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What type of buttercream did you make, i.e., shortening based, butter based, etc.?

Also did you use clear extracts?

The butter based b/c's are not going to be as pure white as a shortening based b/c.

You can use Wilton White White Icing Color to dye butter/margarine b/c's white:

http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30B53A-475A-BAC0-5FBDEF5E8A8FCFF2&fid=0EC60A47-475A-BAC0-54338024A0B6A5A5

Some butter brands are more white than others, and beating the snot out of the butter yields a more white b/c:
(Also adding a bit of blue or purple cancels out the yellow tinge.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-615121-.html

HTH

SpringFlour Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 1:58am
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You can add a TINY (TINY!!!) amount of violet (purple) to neutralize the yellow. They're opposite colors, so it will turn your icing more white. Sounds crazy, I know, but it really does work.

brookelynsmom Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 4:28am
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!!

I will remember all of your tips! thumbs_up.gif

Frankyola Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 7:59am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SpringFlour

You can add a TINY (TINY!!!) amount of violet (purple) to neutralize the yellow. They're opposite colors, so it will turn your icing more white. Sounds crazy, I know, but it really does work.




Totally agree thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

johnson6ofus Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 2:11pm
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gotta try that violet trick icon_rolleyes.gif


thanks icon_biggrin.gif

foxymomma521 Posted 21 Jan 2009 , 2:15pm
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I always add white Americolor gel, and it comes out white as snow icon_wink.gif

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