Crumbs In My Buttercream!!!

Decorating By pat-a-cakes Updated 18 Apr 2010 , 3:54am by JanH

pat-a-cakes Posted 17 Apr 2010 , 5:33pm
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First just let me say I am a novice decorator and I prefer to work with fondant because it is so much easier to hide flaws. However, I do occasionally have to do buttercream cake and everytime I do I end up with crumbs in the icing. This is a big problem especially when it is white buttercream, everything sticks out like a sore thumb. Any one have tips on how to eliminate this. I use box cake and home made buttercream using the Wilton recipe. Thanks for any suggestions.

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SPCC Posted 17 Apr 2010 , 5:37pm
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crumb coat it first. then let that stiffen up and then put a thicker layer on. I also am a novice baker and have figured out that you really have to try to not go over one area to much or you have the chance of getting your buttercream all crumby. Good luck.

Caths_Cakes Posted 17 Apr 2010 , 5:44pm
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definitely do a crumb coat. i usually thin my buttercream just a smidgen for the crumbcoat, then chill it so its nice and firm, before going over it with a layer of my thicker 'usual' buttercream.

emiyeric Posted 17 Apr 2010 , 5:45pm
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Also, chilling a little before the crumbocat, and again after the crumbocat, works miracles. I don't typically do straight-up buttercream, and also love fondant, but my crumbcoats are still usually pretty clean and free from crumbs anyway with the chilling. HTH!

mamawrobin Posted 17 Apr 2010 , 6:47pm
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Yes. Always crumb coat first! I do also chill my cake before I crumb coat. I could never have a crumbless iced cake if I didn't crumb coat thumbs_up.gif

JanH Posted 18 Apr 2010 , 3:54am
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