I'm doing a wedding cake this weekend that is all buttercream with buttercream scrolls. I am using Wilton's black icing tube (the one you can put your own tips on)
I did this a few months ago and delivered it the day before the event. It looked great. The next day, however, I noticed that some of the scrolls just fell off, or came loose from the cake.
Are there any tips or tricks someone could tell me about to prevent this from happening again?
I used only this tube icing before and I though it was too dry, that is probably the reason it doesn't it didn't stayed on cake once it dried it was not enough "sticky".
Well, I need really jet black icing for this. The color is perfect in the tube. Only parts of it fell off. It was the first time I had ever done this sort of cake. Below is a picture. I wondered if it was because I didn't press the tip against the cake hard enough so it didn't really get to be attatched.
What do you use?
It's the icing formula. If you mix that black icing w/ about a 1/2 cup of dark blue or brown icing it will *still* be jet black - really!
Those tubes of colored icing is sooooooo saturated w/color the extra icing won't effect the color and will provide a much more workable icing that won 't fall off.
So your suggestion is to maybe cut the top of the tube open and squeeze out all of the black icing into a bowl or bag, add 1/2 cup of my homemade frosting and then put it in my own deco bag and pipe from there?
I would recommend the same as kakeladi...the consistancy of the tube icing needs to be a little bit thinner and smoother for it to "stick" to the cake...I had this happen once with my own icing even....but when I used just a touch of water and put it back into the bag it was perfect...I wouldn't suggest water for you since you are doing black though....
Add a teaspoon of piping gel to the icing. As others have said, Wilton's black icing is really stiff. The piping gel with thin it down a bit, making it easier to pipe and making it adhere to the cake.
Thats a great idea but i don't have any piping gel on hand, is there any substitute i could use?
Thanks for all the ideas
isn't piping gel karo syrup, i thought i read it on the container
I do have Karo syrup. Thanks a bunch!
there is a recipe for piping gel in the recipe section...I think it has other ingredients in it...it may not work witht just the Karo Syrup
The tube icing just doesn't stick to anything really well. It's just so thick.
I'm not sure if this will help you, but when I want a deep black I start out with chocolate buttercream. The deep brown of the chocolate seems to help darken the black better. That way maybe you won't have to buy the Wilton tubes. Black is a difficult color for sure.