Vinegar Prevents Buttercream From Cracking??

Baking By ddaigle Updated 12 Feb 2009 , 4:44pm by milissasmom

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ddaigle Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 2:03pm
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I subscribe to a cake decorating website where I periodically receive tips. I received one today that said to add a FEW drops of vinegar to your buttercream and it will prevent it from cracking. Key word on a "FEW" drops. They said you couldn't taste it, and your BC will not crack. Anyone heard of this or tried it? Deb

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ddaigle Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 5:28pm
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Anyone?

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likitiki Posted 3 Feb 2009 , 7:53pm
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I have not heard of that, but I too am interested in hearing if someone has tried it.

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schnumvf Posted 5 Feb 2009 , 3:53am
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I have heard of it but never tried it. It wouldn't surprise me though, vinegar is like the miracle liquid. It cleans your house, is good for soaking your dishes, takes smells out of the laundry... why wouldn't it prevent cracks in icing?! icon_lol.gif

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cas17 Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:02am
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i have heard of this as well but have never tested it for myself.

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SeriousCakes Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:22am
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*raises hand* I'm with the people who have heard of it but never tried it icon_lol.gif There was a thread on here probably about a year ago it, if you did a search for vinegar it might come up.

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newmansmom2004 Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:27am
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Originally Posted by ddaigle

I subscribe to a cake decorating website where I periodically receive tips. I received one today that said to add a FEW drops of vinegar to your buttercream and it will prevent it from cracking. Key word on a "FEW" drops. They said you couldn't taste it, and your BC will not crack. Anyone heard of this or tried it? Deb




Deb, YES! I heard it right out of Marina Sousa's mouth at the Tulsa Sugar Art Show last fall. My friend actually asked her during her demo how to keep bc from cracking and Marina's response was to add a couple drops of vinegar. Who knew??? icon_rolleyes.gif

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tonedna Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:28am
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Never tried it either...I think I am more worried about flavor changing or smelling like vinegar!
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milissasmom Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:33am
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GONNA TRY IT RIGHT NOW...getting ready to whip up a batch for a cake due on Saturday...Will report back on the taste and cracking. Wish me luck!

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bizatchgirl Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 12:35am
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This came up in a thread yesterday regarding Sugarshack icing cracking. I believe Sugarshack herself came on and said yes, vinegar can help.

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tonedna Posted 6 Feb 2009 , 4:20am
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Originally Posted by milissasmom

GONNA TRY IT RIGHT NOW...getting ready to whip up a batch for a cake due on Saturday...Will report back on the taste and cracking. Wish me luck!




Let me know how it works!
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buckeyecakes Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 12:49pm
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Tried Sugarshack's recommendation: added 2 tsp white vingar while the batch was mixing (using her buttercream). I did not taste a difference, and it did seem to help with the cracking.

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tonedna Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 3:07pm
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Tried Sugarshack's recommendation: added 2 tsp white vingar while the batch was mixing (using her buttercream). I did not taste a difference, and it did seem to help with the cracking.





Thanks for letting us know!
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cakedivamommy Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 7:48pm
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Thank you for letting us know! I will have to try that tip the next time I make bc.

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ddaigle Posted 7 Feb 2009 , 8:08pm
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Thanks for the scoop. I will try on my next batch. Deb

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mclaren Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:35am
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i've never seen BC cracking. can anyone explain? is it something common?

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ddaigle Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:38am
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I don't have an issue with my (white) buttercream....but I have issues with my chocolate. Maybe it depends on the recipe...I'm sure those that have had cracks will explain.

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Chef_Rinny Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:41am
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Very interesting! I am going to give it a try. I have had problems with my buttercream cracking during transportation. I'm not sure why it happens.

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Getus Posted 9 Feb 2009 , 1:50am
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I make Indydebi's icing and I use 1 tsp white vinegar to each batch. So far, so good. No vinegar taste, and no cracking. thumbs_up.gif

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milissasmom Posted 12 Feb 2009 , 4:44pm
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I totally forgot to report back on this!!!!!!!!! Worked like a charm!! Didn't change the taste one bit!!!

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