Separating Buttercream..?

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p0ppy_s33d Posted 21 May 2013 , 3:52am
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AOkay, I'm making buttercream, super simple - butter, flavoring, and confectioners sugar. I have no problem with it separating until I go to use it and add food coloring. Whether its piping or frosting it separates. What am I doing wrong? Is it the food coloring? Also should I use meringue powder for a thicker consistency for piping rosettes on the side of a cake. Now they are falling slightly and look wilted....

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kazita Posted 21 May 2013 , 4:13am
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ASounds like you might need to add more powdered sugar that might help the wilting not sure about the color separating though I have read on here that hot hands can cause icing to separate or that wilton food colors sometimes separate.

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Cakesandstuff Posted 21 May 2013 , 6:05am
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ADo you use liquid food colouring? If you add too much of that then it could separate, try using gel colours as they don't affect the consistency of you buttercream.

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manddi Posted 21 May 2013 , 11:09am
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AHow much butter and sugar are you using?

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JaeRodriguez Posted 21 May 2013 , 12:58pm
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AI have had issues with Wilton gel colors separating but americolor seems to work better. What are you using?

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