Beginner Questions!

Decorating By kcbakes Updated 5 May 2011 , 2:30pm by lilmissbakesalot

kcbakes Posted 5 May 2011 , 1:48pm
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I am making a couple graduation cakes next weekend and I am pretty new to actually decorating cakes to make them look great! I am wondering for a beginner, what is easier to use for this purpose. My Aunt has always used a recipe for decorator's icing with Crisco only and I see on here alot of people using buttercream. Sorry I am asking such a basic question but I really want to do a good job and try my hand at making great cakes for others down the road. Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give me!

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TexasSugar Posted 5 May 2011 , 2:06pm
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I'm not exactly sure what your question is.

As far as buttercream goes, if you look into the recipe you may find that it has crisco, crisco/butter mixed or straight butter. There isn't a right or wrong icing to use. It is what works best for you. What tastes best to you.

I use a buttercream with all crisco because I live in Texas and icing made with butter does not hold up to the heat like icing made with crisco. I also get a white white icing when I use crisco.

Karadactyl Posted 5 May 2011 , 2:07pm
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I can't speak for everyone else but I use a recipe that uses both Crisco and butter. You get the taste of real buttercream with the stability that Crisco provides. Also, I haven't personally tried it but I know everyone on here RAVES about Indydebi's Buttercream recipe. You can search for it in the Recipe section! Good luck and Welcome!

kcbakes Posted 5 May 2011 , 2:25pm
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Thanks so much! I guess my question was just that, which is easier to work with just crisco or butter/crisco mix! Thanks to both of you for your help. I guess I am just nervous and want it to be "right"!!!

lilmissbakesalot Posted 5 May 2011 , 2:30pm
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I'd go with what tastes best. I can't eat "bc" made with only shortening... I just don't like it and I've tried many different variations.

Some people love it though. You'll need to experiment with different types until you find what works best for you.

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