Crusting Buttercream

Decorating By kgeane0 Updated 2 Jun 2010 , 2:05am by kgeane0

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kgeane0 Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 8:17pm
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I have decorated 2 cakes with pink colored crusting buttercream lately. Both seem to have "cracked" on me before I even left the house with them.
1st cake applied buttercream the morning of...
2nd cake applied buttercream the evening before...
My recipe is 1/2 cup shortening, 4 cups powdered sugar, 4 tbls of water, and extract.
How can I prevent the cracking?

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ebredhawk Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 8:29pm
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have you moved the cakes since you iced them? a lot of times i get cracks if i move cakes when the support underneath isn't strong enough and it causes them to bend a little. a spatula dunked in hot water and wiped off can help do the trick to smooth out cracks.

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sugarshack Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 8:57pm
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your sugar to fat ratio seems too high.

rule of thumb is one cup shortening to one pound ( 4 cups) of sugar for a nice crusting yet workable BC. also, try a liquid with fat rather than water, water seems to increase cracking, IMO

agree with above that you also need a form board under your cake or any icing will crack when moved.


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ninatat Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 11:25pm
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i had a friend that made the most beautiful cakes, and her frosting was wonderful, we lost touch i think she moved, but when i picked up a cake she alway's said support it in the middle, sometimes i'll get a cake that starts cracking it's so moist, i watched Edna's frost a cake and she uses alot of frosting, so i do that it hides my mistakes if i don't trim really even, and have used the hot spatula also.

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dalis4joe Posted 1 Apr 2010 , 12:07am
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I agree with Sugarshack... too much PS to fat ratio.... it's too dry...

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indydebi Posted 1 Apr 2010 , 1:01am
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The type of support is key. how many cardboards or what kind of plate was the cake on?

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kgeane0 Posted 2 Jun 2010 , 2:05am
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Thanks everyone for the help. I will try the recommendations that were mentioned!! The support also sounds like it could be an issue and will change that also.

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