when icing the cake, when i lift the spatula, the icing comes up along with the "sticky" layer of crumbs. very frustrating. how can i aviod the sticky crumbs, and is the icing too thick? the layers are chilled. i do not touch the cake with the spatula. thanks
sounds like your icing is too thick. Trying thinning it a bit and see if that helps.
If you're pulling up cake with the frosting, I'd say your frosting is too thick.
You can avoid sticky crumbs by using the large icing tip #789.
Here's a photo tutorial by Wilton:
Yes icing too thick...and also just remember to put a good sized glob of icing on there to begin with. If you only put a little, you end up with too thin of an amount and you can pull up crumbs. You can always scrape some off again.
Also try doing a crumb coat first...that helps too.
yes, this happens when i'm trying to do the crumb coat, i also start off with a large amount, but it still comes up....will try to use thinner icing.
Ahhh...key word "lifting". You shouldn't be lifting, if you literally mean, pulling the spatula straight out. You should always be swiping, and gradually coming away from the cake, with less and less pressure. Make sense? It's weird to describe I guess.
I find that I get sticky tops with the WASC cake, it drives me crazy also.