Adding Dry Jello To Buttercream

Decorating By VS8894 Updated 13 Jul 2009 , 12:08pm by grama_j

VS8894 Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 11:40pm
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I was wondering if anyone has added dry jello to buttercream. I use the Sam's buttercream, but was wanting to add some flavor to it. I figured if you added water to it, it might try to jell. Not sure, anyone tried it yet?


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hammer1 Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 11:50pm
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have not tried this, however, i saw wilton selling a small jar of buttercream flavoring (strawberry, lemon, rasp etc) and it looked just like jello poweder. I told my daughter looks like jello to me. let me know if it works.

VS8894 Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:01am
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Hmmm....that sounds interesting. It probably is jello, expensive jello, lol.

VS8894 Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:14am
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Ok, I went ahead and tried it. It turned out yummy! I made an orange cake and I put orange jello in the Sam's buttercream. I used about half of a small package to about 3 cups of buttercream. It tasted great. There is a slight gritty feel, but not bad. I think because I was looking for the gritty taste. I will definitely try it with some other flavors.


staten93 Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:24am
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I have actually done this several times. It is fun way to add flavors and colors to buttercream. I have used it with kids cakes mostly. I noticed if you let the buttercream sit over night with the jello and re-whip it most of the grittiness is gone.

sweet-thing Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:31am
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So what would happen if you dissolved the jello in water before mixing it and then use that as your liquid? Would it gel? I have no clue. Just a thought since you said it was gritty.

Rylan Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 5:43am
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Sounds good although I am not a fan of any gritty texture of an icing.

Mensch Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 5:48am
post #8 of 12

Why not just use a fruit compound?

dhccster Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 9:24am
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I am going to have to put this in my "book to try" Thanks!

cylstrial Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 11:59am
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Good to know that it does work. I thought that it would since IndyDebi's icing uses DreamWhip, which is similar to pudding.

I like the idea of re-whipping the next day to get rid of the grittiness too.

didavista Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:06pm
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I tried that once, I did not like the gritty texture. icon_rolleyes.gif wonders if Kool-aid would work. Anyone know?

grama_j Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 12:08pm
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I do this all the time..... I use it in some fillings to enhance the flavor also..... By all means give it time to melt the little crystals.... you do not want it to taste gritty........ I wouldn't think it would "gel" if you melt it in water first.... To many more ingredients are going into it...

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