Why Did Chocolate Buttercream Darken While In Piping Bag?

Decorating By JPepper Updated 6 Apr 2013 , 9:00pm by JPepper

JPepper Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 3:13pm
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I had the weirdest thing happen to me last night while I was decorating a cake. I made a batch of chocolate American Buttercream icing and was decorating an owl cake using the star tip. When I got the small details out of the way, I loaded up another piping bag so I could use my triple star tip and discovered that the icing in the first bag had darkened quite a bit and now the new icing I was piping onto the cake was a lighter colour!  I am at a loss as to why this happened.....any suggestions?  I'd like to avoid this happening again in the future.


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-K8memphis Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 6:05pm
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chocolate is flukey like that


did the triple star-ed stuff also darken by now by any chance?

mrsmurders Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 6:14pm
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mabey the first batch melted a little by the heat of your hands while holding the bag? just a guess, hope you figure it out!

JPepper Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 6:34pm
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The triple star buttercream did darken a little bit after being on the cake but not as dark as the single star buttercream.  I'm sure the buttercream with the single star softened a little while I was working with it but I can't imagine that would deepen the colour, would it??

Annabakescakes Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 6:48pm
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AIt is absolutely melted, and it deepens the color. I have hot hands, so if I have a bunch of detail work to do, or just a lot of piping to do, I make up 2 bags, and just keep switching, so they don't have a chance to warm up. It works the same for whipped icing. I did a 6 tier whipped icing basket weave once. I used 4 bags with all the same icing and tip, to keep it all the right consistency.

If I melt a bag of buttercream, and it gets too dark, I squeeze it out into the bowl and remix with the rest of it, then re bag it.

JPepper Posted 6 Apr 2013 , 9:00pm
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Thanks Annabakescakes for confirming that it does actually darken when it melts a little.....I totally didnt know that! icon_redface.gif  I will for sure take your advise and prepare two different icing bags and alternate between the two next time.  Thank everyone for helping me solve the problem icon_biggrin.gif

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