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Decorating By bpmd210 Updated 28 Nov 2009 , 1:50pm by Uniqueask

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bpmd210 Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:32pm
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Hello, just getting into the cake world. Great site. Two questions to start off my first visit here.
My buttercream won't pipe crisp edges. I think it's because of air due to having only a hand mixer.(KA coming for christmas). Does that sound possible? fondant was sticky and extremely stretchy. Possibly too warm? I used both fondarific and MMF

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JGMB Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:19pm
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I'm sorry I have no answers for you -- I'm sure someone else will, though. This site is full of so many helpful, generous, talented people.

I just wanted to welcome you!!!


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Wiltonlady Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:28pm
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Maybe the edges of the tips aren't sharp enough? I'm just speculating on that one. Add more powdered sugar to the mmf and knead with well greased hands.

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kickasscakes Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:32pm
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Welcome to CC!
Warm climates or humidity can make your fondant soft and your buttercream soft too, so a little cornstarch or ps to your fondant and stiffening up your buttercream should do the trick. Hope this helps!

If you have warm hands, and this is not helping, I find keeping an icepack on the counter, to cool your hands periodically will also help.

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DancingCakes2008 Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 4:51pm
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You can try adding some piping gel to it. Sometimes that will help smooth it out.

Good Luck

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JanH Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 4:47am
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Hi and Welcome to CC, Dave, icon_smile.gif

Your buttercream might be too thin...

Here's a super thread that has popular CC recipes for crusting American buttercreams, several types of fondant and doctored cake mix (WASC and other flavor variations) - and so much more!

Everything you need to know to make, decorate and assemble tiered stacked/layer cakes:


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JenniferMI Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 1:39pm
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Add more sugar to the icing, sounds like it's not stiff enough.

Humidity might be your fondant issues? MM fondant can be tempermental.

Welcome to CC!

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Uniqueask Posted 28 Nov 2009 , 1:50pm
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Welcome to CC.

Use the links in my signature to find great recipies and tutorials.

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