Cracks In Icing

Baking By pumpkin1030 Updated 17 Oct 2005 , 2:39pm by susgene

pumpkin1030 Posted 17 Oct 2005 , 1:45pm
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I just about always use a buttercream icing with no butter. But whenever I make a sheet cake once I move the cake I always get a crack in the icing. Any ideas on what I should do???????????

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MominSC Posted 17 Oct 2005 , 1:50pm
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I am not sure if I understand Ok so once you ice it and move it, the icing cracks?? I am still somewhat of a newbie myself and this has happened to me quite a few times. What I found that works is that I use 2 cake boards. I made a sheet cake, iced it, move it to the fridge and it cracked. My problem was the board wasn't heavy enough to hold it. I made one this weekend, used 2 boards and it turned out great!! Hope this helps. If not, someone here will be sure to help you thumbs_up.gif

Good Luck,

leily Posted 17 Oct 2005 , 1:57pm
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MominSC hit it right on the nose! It just sounds like you don't have enough support under your cake. Try adding another board under it to start with. If that doesn't work you may want to try masonite. If there isn't enough support under the cake then the cake will shift a little when you move it causing the icing to get small cracks.

Hope this helps.


pooker Posted 17 Oct 2005 , 2:12pm
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I've noticed that the cracking happens when I move the cake too soon.

I've iced and then waited 1/2 hour, moved it and it's cracked. If I wait an hour or cracks.


susgene Posted 17 Oct 2005 , 2:39pm
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I've had this trouble numerous times and it has virtually ruined cakes that I put a lot of time & effort into.

Adding support definitely helps a lot - but even that didn't quite take care of all the cracking for me.

The last cake I made I added a little clear corn syrup to the buttercream icing (all shortening - no butter) and No Cracks! yea!

Hope this helps!

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