For some reason ALL my cakes are crumby ANY TIPS please
are you crumb coating first? Meaning, basically, are you icing it twice?
No HMM I will try that so I basically just ice it twice THanks
you also have to be careful when you icing that you go in the same direction. This also help keeps the crumbs down!
Thank you so much ladies I am teaching myself and ur so helpful
Also, DONT lift your icing spatula! It may pull the stuff underneath up.
Sounds like that's what you need!
I didn't go into a lot of detail before finding out how you were doing it. A crumb coat is a thin layer of base icing, like a primer coat of paint on a wall. It doesn't matter if this layer looks all crummy (crumby?) or not. Some use a thinner icing for the crumb coat. Then let it set (if you're using a crusting BC, let it crust up). It's also a good idea to let the cake set and settle awhile.
As mentioned above, the spatula should only touch the icing, not the cake. If the icing is pulling the cake up as you ice it, then your icing is too thick.
Once the icing crusts, and after it settles, apply the final coat of icing. Tonedna has a good video that shows how to do this and she talkes about not disturbing the crumb coat ... just smooth the top layer of icing over the crumb coat. (anyone have a link to edna's video?)
Other than what Madge posted, there are also tutorial videos in my signature on how to crumbcoat.
If the side of the cake is crumbly, as in the browned part is broken and shedding, I hold the cake over my sink or counter and lightly brush them off so they don't pull off too much when I crumb coat. I apply a crumb coat that's thinner than Edna's and more of a spackle I guess. It's just enough to glue the crumbs to the cake and fill in any holes, cracks or irregularities between the layers. You can fix a multitude of flaws with your crumb coat. Makes icing a breeze when you know those crumbs aren't going anywhere, like to the surface. Can't for the life of me remember the name of the lady who wrote The Well Decorated Cake (loveher work and have the book) but she even makes a spackle using cake crumbs blended with icing to crumb coat.
Chocolate cake , if I try and hurry and skip crumb coat...........ahhhhhhhhhhhh I always say to myself.....why did you do that hahaha.......makes life so much easier....those pesky chocolate crumbs
I also like the cake icer tip. I find that it puts a nice even coat of icing on and my spatula never comes close to touching the cake. I still crumb coat first though.