Buttercream Issues

Decorating By cindycraig Updated 18 Nov 2009 , 1:17pm by JenniferMI

cindycraig Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:31pm
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I need some advice from you veterans- I have a batch of buttercream that won't crust. It's a recipe that I always use and it has never given me problems before. If I add more powdered sugar will it help or do I need to give up and just make a new batch? What would cause this? TIA

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flamingobaker Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:38pm
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I don't think just adding the powdered sugar will help. It is some combination of things that causes the crusting, but I don't remember. That's weird that it's a recipe you've used before. Maybe you left something out?

dreamcakesmom Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:48pm
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I do not think it's a powdered sugar issue. Does the recipe call for meringue powder? The one I use does which makes mine crust. Maybe you did not add enough or maybe add extra if not originally required

cindycraig Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:56pm
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my Recipe doesn't call for MP- and I went through the list of ingredients to make sure I didn't leave anything out. WHO KNOWS!! It's just a mystery.

jardot22 Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:56pm
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I think adding more powdered sugar would help. The ratio of fat to sugar is what causes buttercream to crust - the higher the ratio of sugar to the amount of fat, the better it will crust. You can always add more liquid to thin it out as well, once you add more sugar.

msulli10 Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 6:59pm
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I think it's the ratio of sugar to shortening. Try adding more sugar. It's not the meringue powder since the recipe I use doesn't have any in it.

cindycraig Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 7:53pm
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Thanks- I'll add some and see how it turns out. It can't be any worse.

TexasSugar Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 7:57pm
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I'd add more powder sugar.

What is your recipe? Is your house more humid than it usually is?

DsLady614 Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 2:12am
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The ratio of fat to sugar is what causes the crusting. Did you, by any chance, use a different shortening? Is the humidity higher than normal? I had this happen when I used high ration shortening for the first time, not realizing you use less of it than normal shortening.

JenniferMI Posted 18 Nov 2009 , 1:17pm
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I am thinking your fat changed in some way???


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