Icing Tastes Like Metal!

Baking By JustGettinStarted Updated 7 Dec 2012 , 4:35pm by karen1970

JustGettinStarted Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 12:35pm
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Hi, I am having a weird problem with my american buttercream. For some reason it seems to taste metallic to me, like sucking on a penny. Any idea what could be causing this? My husband doesn't notice it and no one else has complained, so it's possible it could just be me, but I can't stand the taste of what used to be delicious icing!

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mplaidgirl2 Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 12:37pm
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I reallt have no clue... could it be the bowl your mixing in?

cakeastic Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 12:55pm
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Have you changed the brand of icing sugar that you usually use?, because i've once used a cheaper brand of sugar and it made my icing taste metalic.

enoid Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 1:08pm
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If you're the only one noticing the metal taste and it persists, I would suggest a trip to the doctor. There are many reasons for the metallic taste including allergies, medications, gingivitis, or a health problem. HTH

cakesbyashli Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 1:16pm
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I had that recently and figured it was the new metal tip I used, despite rinsing it before hand. the icing I piped with it smelled and tasted metalic, so I piped icing with a different tip and it was fine.

cakegrandma Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 1:47pm
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If you are coloring it a dark color it will taste like metal, otherwise I agree, a trip to to the doctor. A enoid stated, it could be a symptom=n of some medical problem. I hope you find out what it is soon, don't need your taster off kilter. :0)

JustGettinStarted Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 1:53pm
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no, I haven't tried different sugars, not piping it, and not coloring it. I thought it was the crisco I put in it, so I have bought 2 other containers of it and it still tastes that way. I thought it was the almond extract, so I left it out this time, and it still tastes that way. I just made a cake for a friend's daughter and I'm really hoping they don't taste it. My husband has tried it many times and can't taste it, so I'm hoping it's just me. I've used the same ingredients over and over and can't understand what is up.

As for it being me, nothing else is like this, just my buttercream. It's been this way for a few months. No idea! I just thought I'd ask to see if anyone thought it could be a bad ingredient or something. I'm really hoping there is a simple solution

LisaPeps Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 2:09pm
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I always notice a metallic taste with Americolor gels. Maybe it's the colourant you used?

louanne Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 2:59pm
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if no one else is tastin git and you are not using new products or coloring it, it still may be you, i was on a medication that made anything with sugar taste metallic, wierd reaction i know, but nothing else just foods with a high sugar content,

Charmed Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 4:13pm
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Are you on a Iron supplement or recently have iron supplement injections? I know when I had Iron supplement Injection things were tasting like metal. Weird!!

Valkstar Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 4:38pm
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Could you be pregnant? It's quite common to taste metal when pregnant.

JustGettinStarted Posted 19 Aug 2011 , 6:55pm
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Gosh I hope not Valkstar! It's been like this for a few months. Only meds I'm on is birth control. Wonder if that could be it. Hmm

karen1970 Posted 7 Dec 2012 , 4:35pm
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i had the same problem with my icing and i know what it is!

your confectioners sugar is too old!  mine was about a year old, i bought a new bag and the icing was perfect!!!

good luck!!

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