Is There A Formula For How Much Icing You Need For Cakes?

Decorating By mahgwet Updated 12 May 2011 , 7:28pm by VanillaCoke

mahgwet Posted 12 May 2011 , 5:31pm
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Hello!

I sincerely apologize if this question comes up every week or so and you all are tired of answering it. I have looked for at least a couple of hours on this site and haven't seen this topic addressed.

I am making a 12-inch, two-layer cake for a bridal shower that will be covered in basketweave pattern (plus borders). Flowers for the top are in royal icing, which I have already made.

How much buttercream should I make in order to be safe? I'll be tinting it light brown and I worry about not having enough icing, having to make another batch and not being able to match the color.


Thanks for any and all replies! icon_smile.gif

Margaret

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mahgwet Posted 12 May 2011 , 5:40pm
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Thank you, CWR. Do you find that chart to be accurate? I find I use more icing than called for when I do basketweave on the sides because I always do a thin layer underneath.

Sangriacupcake Posted 12 May 2011 , 5:43pm
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It's difficult to make "just enough" icing........I always make plenty extra!

theresaf Posted 12 May 2011 , 5:45pm
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Wow, I'm not the one who asked the question, but thanks for that link! Great starting point!

CWR41 Posted 12 May 2011 , 6:32pm
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Originally Posted by mahgwet

Thank you, CWR. Do you find that chart to be accurate?




I don't use the chart because I don't bother dealing with measuring "cups"... I go by weight, and know in my head how many lbs. I'll need.

ConfectionsCC Posted 12 May 2011 , 6:37pm
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Originally Posted by CWR41

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Originally Posted by mahgwet

Thank you, CWR. Do you find that chart to be accurate?



I don't use the chart because I don't bother dealing with measuring "cups"... I go by weight, and know in my head how many lbs. I'll need.




Good idea! I just went and weighed mine....1cup buttercream is 8oz!!! My recipe is anyways!! Its a good jumping off point!!! Kitchen scales are a baker's best friend icon_biggrin.gif

VanillaCoke Posted 12 May 2011 , 7:28pm
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That chart looks pretty right to me. I just know how many of my recipes I need per cake, and I have a chart for my own recipe.

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