Buttercream Disaster - Please Help

Decorating By mombabytiger Updated 25 Apr 2009 , 9:49pm by SJ169

mombabytiger Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 10:12am
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I am making a wedding cake for a friend in May. I am a baker, not a cake decorator. I've made the cakes and all is well with that. However, I did a test run with a crusting buttercream and it was like icing a cake with sand!

I'm not getting paid to do this cake, but it still needs to be wonderful!

What have I done wrong?

7 replies
KeltoKel Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:01am
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Hmmm....can you post the recipe you used??

jeking Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:02am
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Yeah...it shouldn't be like that. Try using Sweetex for your base...or a combo of Sweetex and butter. Make sure you use the finest powdered sugar you can and beat it on medium for about 5 minutes. I've had that happen to me and I can't remember what I did wrong. I only use sweetex now and it's MUCH better.

sweetjan Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:26am
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Yeah, post the recipe....lots of reasons that can happen. But they're all very fixable!! thumbs_up.gif

kakeladi Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 1:15pm
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As the others said, we can help if you post the recipe & method you use.
There are 3 or 4 *really good* icing recipes on this site for you to try.

mombabytiger Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 5:30pm
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Crisco, 10x, hot water, vanilla. I think the proportions were something like 1 1/2 c. crisco, 2 lbs. 10x and a 1/3 c hot water. And I added salt to cut the sweetness. No butter.

I was advised not to use butter.

beachcakes Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 5:37pm
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I had this happen once when i used store brand 10x that was Beet sugar and not Cane sugar.

SJ169 Posted 25 Apr 2009 , 9:49pm
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For my buttercream recipe I used

2tbls vanilla
1 cup shortening (crisco)
1 cup butter
8 cups powdered sugar
(mix all of the above together, but slowly add the sugar one cup and a time)
and once all the sugar is mixed in and the icing seems very very dry add 4 tbls of milk, one at a time until its all in...

I love this recipe I used it all the time and have never had a problem with it !
Hope that helps icon_smile.gif

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