I recently decided to take up baking and cake decorating as a hobby and I have absolutely fallen in love with this board!!! I started my first decorating class this week and I just thought of a few questions and I need you guys' help!
When using the Wilton recipe for buttercream or any buttercream recipe for that matter is the meringue powder necessary?
I saw round styrofoam shapes in craft stores, can these be used as cake dummies to practice icing techniques or is there something else I can use so i dont have to bake all the time?
I know I have more questions but I just drew a blank
Thanks for all your help
well let me be the first to welcome you to CC. Not all buttercream use meringue powder but i think that it does make a smoother icing and i am not sure about the Styrofoam question but i am sure someone who knows a little more than me can answer your questions better than i can
.....using the Wilton recipe for buttercream or any buttercream recipe for that matter is the meringue powder necessary? ......
Not in my book Some say it helps stableize the icine.....maybe if you are in a very, hot, humid area - which I am not.
.......round styrofoam shapes in craft stores, can these be used as cake dummies .......
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I do not use meringue powder in my frosting, I think it is optional. I think it can used as a stablilizer of sorts if you need that. Don't quote me as I am just a hobbiest and by no means a professional.
Yes, you can use those styrofoam shapes for dummies. There are sights that sell professional cake dummies. I am not sure what the differences are but I am sure someone can steer you in the right direction.
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Thank you soooooooo much for your quick responses!!!!! I cant wait to get to get to class next week I feel a little overwhelmed right now but I am positive this will be a wonderful learning experience!!
As for the meringue powder, is not necesary for crusting but makes your icing more stable.
As for styrofoam.. have in mind that is lighter wich will give you a harder time icing, and you wont learn as much about icing your cake since you dont have to deal with crumbs. Yet for practicing other techniques is great.
Using cake dummies are best as the pores in the styrofoam are bigger and specially in fondant you wont see them as much. But at the end of the day you can use both.
I have practiced using just waxed paper or parchment (tape it to the surface)...cheap and disposable! Also, you can turn a cake pan upside down and practice piping, etc. with it...again very inexpensive. I guess it depends how involved you want to get with the technique! Welome to this addictive site! You won't believe how much you can learn on it, when you take the time...and everyone is so friendly and helpful!
Welcome, Welcome ,Welcome ! When I took my first classes, baking a few cakes helped me a lot, because not all the time my cakes came out right, and that gave me the oportunity to learn about right temperature, to dry, sinking cakes, etc.
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