? Buttercream Icing Cracking While Transporting

Decorating By sandy1 Updated 2 Oct 2010 , 11:00am by keystone

sandy1 Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 12:44am
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Is there a way to avoid buttercream from getting small cracks while transporting? What causes this problem????

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tammy712 Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 12:51am
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When that happens to me it is usually from me not having a strong enough board under it. HTH

tannersmom Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 12:52am
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I've had this same problem. I think it's because I used a crusting buttercream. I'd love to know myself.

step0nmi Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 12:54am
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Tammy is right icon_biggrin.gif it's normally when you don't have enough support for your cake!

The cake boards are great when you are stacking a cake...but when you have a really big cake you can use those foam core boards like you find at the craft stores. They come in 1/8 an inch for regular cakes...and then you can use the 1/2 inch for heavier cakes!

Chippi Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 2:01am
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Sounds like you need a stronger board, plus I have heard adding 1-2 drops of vinegar to your buttercream (does not change the taste) will help prevent cracking. HTH's


sugarshack Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 3:41am
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I am having this problem tooo and I use plywood and vinegar. I think it is a problem inherent to using a crusting BC. The surface is "set" and any little bump causes it to shift and crack.

I might try a little corn syrup in my icing next. Have no idea if that will help or not.

kakeladi Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 6:11pm
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A bit more fat &/or some Karo syrup or piping gel should help.
You don't want your b'cream too dry so adding a couple more tabelspoons of Crisco or butter should do it.
Others have said they use syrup or gel. That would help it smooth better. Again, not much - just a bit.

solascakes Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 6:21pm
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Well I normally have this problem too but since using sugarshacks buttercream ,i have not had it,but then again when i'm ready to use i always thin it down a bit with water ,it brings out the smoothness and dosen't crack.

sugarshack Posted 26 Apr 2009 , 6:40pm
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Lynne. How much Karo to my 5 pound batch?

DianeLoualid Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 6:26am
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I have this problem too..As for putting Karo syrup, I found for that to make the icing too sweet....I just use the heavy board now under it and hope for the best....Diane

keystone Posted 2 Oct 2010 , 11:00am
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I have had this problem using a 1/2" foam core board also. I am wondering what I am doing differently now? Does the Karo work?

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