I just joined and this is my first time here. I am in real need of help I am a beginner of cake making with using buttercream and fondant I am making some Christmas themed cupcakes and I was making the buttercream and tried to pipe my designs however there was a problem when I piped, I piped using the star nozzle onto the cupcake and it just went wrong the buttercream just went sloppy like the shape of the star just went away like wetsand does when it goes back to it's normal state. I hope that I am getting my point across clearly, what am I doing wrong? Am I meant to be letting it firm in the fridge first before piping? Maybe I have too warm hands I always see the chefs on the T.V doing it straight from being made.
Any help is greatly appreciated
Sounds like what happened to me when I first tried decorating! It sounds like you have too much liquid in your buttercream. You don't need much. What recipe did you use?
When I first tried, I kept adding milk because it didn't look like it would be enough. But now I follow the Wilton recipe exactly as written, and I let it mix a while and it's perfect.
I agree with shannon100. Too much liquid- add a little more powdered sugar to the mix and you should be good to go!
Your buttercream is not stiff enough... add more powdered sugar until you get the right consistency. Good luck!
Thankyou everyone for your helpful replys, yes it seems that I did add too much liquid when I think about it because the recipie that I used I got off youtube it asked for half a cup of butter, half a cup of crisco 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2 tbsp milk but when I was combining the butter/crisco mixture with the icing sugar it was so stiff I thought to myself that it couldnt be right so I added a lot more milk. I will just add alot more icing sugar now.
That amount of liquid would give you more of a stiff consistancy if you were using a pound of powder sugar. For a medium, what you usually use with stars you would want to have 3 Tablespoons of liquid total.