Newbie Questions

Decorating By bpmd210 Updated 28 Nov 2009 , 1:50pm by Uniqueask

bpmd210 Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:32pm
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Hello, just getting into the cake world. Great site. Two questions to start off my first visit here.
My buttercream won't pipe crisp edges. I think it's because of air due to having only a hand mixer.(KA coming for christmas). Does that sound possible? fondant was sticky and extremely stretchy. Possibly too warm? I used both fondarific and MMF

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JGMB Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:19pm
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I'm sorry I have no answers for you -- I'm sure someone else will, though. This site is full of so many helpful, generous, talented people.

I just wanted to welcome you!!!


Wiltonlady Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:28pm
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Maybe the edges of the tips aren't sharp enough? I'm just speculating on that one. Add more powdered sugar to the mmf and knead with well greased hands.

kickasscakes Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:32pm
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Welcome to CC!
Warm climates or humidity can make your fondant soft and your buttercream soft too, so a little cornstarch or ps to your fondant and stiffening up your buttercream should do the trick. Hope this helps!

If you have warm hands, and this is not helping, I find keeping an icepack on the counter, to cool your hands periodically will also help.

DancingCakes2008 Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 4:51pm
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You can try adding some piping gel to it. Sometimes that will help smooth it out.

Good Luck

JanH Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 4:47am
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Hi and Welcome to CC, Dave, icon_smile.gif

Your buttercream might be too thin...

Here's a super thread that has popular CC recipes for crusting American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and other flavor variations) - and so much more!

Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered stacked/layer cakes:


JenniferMI Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 1:39pm
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Add more sugar to the icing, sounds like it's not stiff enough.

Humidity might be your fondant issues? MM fondant can be tempermental.

Welcome to CC!

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Uniqueask Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 1:50pm
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Welcome to CC.

Use the links in my signature to find great recipies and tutorials.

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