Buttercream Cracking Probelms

Decorating By minicoopermel Updated 13 Apr 2015 , 3:11pm by virago

minicoopermel Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 2:39pm
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I use:

1 cup butter (salted),.

8 cups powered sugar 

2 tsp Vanilla,

1 cup Shortening 

2 tsp water


Now I love this recipe, but after I use my VIva to smooth it, decorate it and box it. The next day or hours later when I pick the cake up I notice the icing cracks and it's ugly. 


Is there anything to prevent this?


6 replies
-K8memphis Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 2:58pm
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are you using a very stiff unbendable board under your cake? any bit of flex can cause this

minicoopermel Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 3:01pm
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Yes I think, just the cardboard I get from Joanns stores. 

leah_s Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 3:01pm
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Yes, cracks in the bc are almost always a result of the bottom board not being strong enough.  Are you using a drum?  Or at least several cardboards glued together and covered?

TheresaCarol Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 3:01pm
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Definitely what K8 said.  I use to have the same problem until I started using cake drums or masonite boards to put my cakes on.  If there is any give to the support whatsoever, it will crack.


minicoopermel Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 3:08pm
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Ok. Yes I'm just starting out and I will start gluing them together or find a better board. 

Thanks!! :)

virago Posted 13 Apr 2015 , 3:11pm
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the below link is a google search string tutorial that will produce many CC related threads...peruse through the top results to troubleshoot your BC problem...  

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=site%3Acakecentral.com+cracking+buttercream

HTH

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