First I love in North Carolina so humidity is an issue, I have just moved here a year ago and this the first time I have had such problems crumb coating a cake, it is a shortening buttercream and I have never had a problem before but it just fall off the side of the cake when trying to frost it and the crumbs are all in the frosting and it looks awful! anyone have a suggestion?
Is it the crumb coat that won't stick? It may be too stiff. Try mixing some of your buttercream with water to thin it out and then pop your cake in the freezer for 15 minutes and then applying your final coat!
yeah, I also think that the buttercream might be stiff, you will have to thin it out to make it more spreadable. I had the same problem one time with one of my cakes and it went smooth when I added a little water to the buttercream and changed its consistency.
thank you I tried it that helped, I guess I did not relie how much I needed to thin out the buttercream.
Yes, that problem is ususally due to icing being too thick.
Have you tried crumbing your cakes by heating your icing? I usually work w/about 1/4 cup or less at a time. I melt the icing in the Microwave oven - usually takes less than 10 seconds. YOu don't want to cook the icing, just melt most of it, then stir it up until it is completely melted. * Work very quickly* - pour it over then cake and spread well. It will cover the cake like a glazed donut and dry within seconds. Any leftover melted icing cannot be used in any way that's why I work w/small amounts at a time even if it's a big cake :)