How To Fix Cracked Buttercream?

Decorating By sheilabelle Updated 24 Oct 2009 , 12:14am by madgeowens

sheilabelle Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 12:05pm
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Hello, I made a 11 x 15 sheet yesterday and moved it today. After I set it down there is a crack in the middle of the cake (buttercream). Is there a way to fix this? I think that the problem is that the cake board is not strong enough. Should I use a double layer of cake board or something else? I hate to use my masonite boards. I have a hard time getting them back from people. TIA

Sheila

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sewgratefulquilts Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 12:39pm
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I'm interested in see others answers. I don't know but I have read that if you put 1 or 2 drops of white vinegar in your buttercream when making it, it won't crack. I tried it once and it didn't crack, but then, maybe it wouldn't have anyway. Don't know.

dutchy1971 Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 3:41pm
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you're right you're board isn't strong enough, I've had this happen to me when I was taking classes, my instructor told us to use double thickness boards on any size sheet cake.

BJ Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 8:03pm
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Any ideas on how to fix the cracks??? icon_surprised.gif
I've had this happen on large sheet cakes even when using plywood cake boards (covered of course - haha) and masonite boards. icon_cry.gif

Mizuki Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 8:22pm
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Always add a little vinegar to your icing. I don't know why that works, but it does! Also, use a sturdier board as others suggested.

Now, for the what to do once it's already happened:
If you have a crusting BC (I use sugarshack's recipe, and this is what works for me) you can use a piece of regular computer paper as sand paper.
Just tear off a little bit and gently rub in over your crack. Wait..that sounded really bad!! icon_redface.gif Gently rub it over the crack on your cake (whew, that's better!) and it will help smooth it out. It won't fix it completely, but it does a pretty good job. thumbs_up.gif
Good luck!!

BJ Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 8:36pm
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Thanks for the belly laugh (and the help)!!!!!!!!!! icon_lol.gif

kakeladi Posted 23 Oct 2009 , 11:54pm
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Most likely it is that board but.........if it happens even when you are using a strong board (dbl thickness or masionite) then what you need to do is add a bit more shortening/butter to the recipe.

madgeowens Posted 24 Oct 2009 , 12:14am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jam7

Always add a little vinegar to your icing. I don't know why that works, but it does! Also, use a sturdier board as others suggested.

Now, for the what to do once it's already happened:
If you have a crusting BC (I use sugarshack's recipe, and this is what works for me) you can use a piece of regular computer paper as sand paper.
Just tear off a little bit and gently rub in over your crack. Wait..that sounded really bad!! icon_redface.gif Gently rub it over the crack on your cake (whew, that's better!) and it will help smooth it out. It won't fix it completely, but it does a pretty good job. thumbs_up.gif
Good luck!!





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