Buttercream Melted Under Sugarpaste-Vegan Solution?

Decorating By VeganGFbrit Updated 18 Jun 2013 , 8:48pm by MilaJJ

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VeganGFbrit Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 6:50pm
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Hi all,
I'm pretty new to cake decorating, I've only just done my second cake. It was a vegan gluten free carrot cake filled and covered with (vegan) buttercream, which I then covered with marbled sugarpaste and decorated.

It turned out beautifully, but I soon discovered a clear liquid seeping out from the bottom of the cake! Upon cutting the cake, I saw that all the buttercream had melted and had soaked into the cake itself, making it very wet. (Funnily enough I had been worried it would turn out dry as gluten-free cakes tend to be drier than wheat cakes, ironically thanks to the melted buttercream, this cake was actually soaking wet!). It still tasted ok...but a wet cake isn't really desirable and my family were put off trying it. :(. Luckily it was a birthday cake I made for myself (a Buffy one!), but I still wanted my family to be impressed. 

I have read in other threads that using margarine is the culprit and will melt under sugarpaste/fondant, which I did not know. I make "buttercream" from icing sugar, a UK brand of margarine called Vitalite (sunflower) and vanilla flavouring. It's delicious and is perfect for filling or topping, but this was the first time I had buttercreamed a cake I was going to cover. 

So, my question is, does anyone know of a vegan recipe for buttercream that won't melt under sugarpaste? . Can I simply substitute the margarine with vegetable fat? Or will this also melt or not taste right? 


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MilaJJ Posted 18 Jun 2013 , 8:48pm
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You can use crisco (vegetable shortening)


Good Luck!

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