I made seriouscakes buttercream today for the first time. I love the consistency and the taste is wonderful. But, its been an hour and it still hasn't crusted enough to smooth with Viva. I used three sticks of butter this may have something to do with it. Also used Great Value shortening (does this have the transfat?) If I add more sugar will it crust?
Thanks in advance.
I've made it with 3 sticks of butter so I don't think that is it. It might be the shortning. Hopefully someone will have a better answer for you. Good luck, I love this frosting!
great value is the wal*mart brand, right? last time I watched tonedna1's youtube videos that brand still had transfat- but it would still say on the label anyway. When I used her's it was fine for smoothing...maybe stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden up? that worked when I needed it
Does the recipe call for powdered egg whites (meringue powder) ?I think that may help.
Actually, it might be the butter, 3 whole sticks=24 tbs., if you add all 3 sticks it's an extra 2 tbs. Plus combined with the fat in the heavy whipping cream might be keeping it from crusting. Is it warm, humid or rainy where you are today?
Meringue powder isn't what causes buttercream to crust, it's the ratio of fat to sugar, more sugar more crusting, more fat less crusting. The only suggestion I would have for today is either wait until it crusts or turn a fan on it lol Hope this helps!
Thanks for the replies. It finally crusted a little. Think I will start over tomorrow. This time maybe I will pay more attention to the recipe One more question, can I use half n half instead of heavy cream?
I REALLY wish people would stop thinking that meringue powder is what makes buttercream crust!
Anyway, Serious_Cakes is absolutely right. You added extra fat to the recipe which throws the ratios off. It is that ratio between fat and sugar that causes the crust. The more sugar the faster it will crust.
I live in a VERY humid area and use this recipe exclusively and never have a problem with it crusting. Normally takes about 15 minutes.
You can absolutely use 1/2 and 1/2, I do it all the time!!