Cracks In Buttercream

Decorating By heartofoklahoma Updated 27 Feb 2014 , 4:19pm by heartofoklahoma

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heartofoklahoma Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 6:24pm
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Hello, I was wondering if anyone could tell me why I get cracks in  my buttercream icing.   I ice my cakes and put the decorations on while the buttercream is still soft (so the decor will stick).  The cake looks great and then when I am ready to deliver it the next day, while traveling or just moving the cake to my van, the icing cracks.  I have 3 or 4 cake boards and it is plenty sturdy.  I use crisco, water, powdered sugar and flavors for my recipe.  Please help me as this is so frustrating because I never know when or where the cracks are going to show up.  Thank you!

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morganchampagne Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 8:19pm
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AI'm not really sure why it happens, but I know the topic has been discussed and I think there may have been an answer or two in there. If you go to the search function and type in "icing cracks" you skills find a couple threads on the info

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pinchofsweetener Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 8:53pm
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it can have to do with your ingredient ratios and/or your cake board sturdiness. As morganchampagne said, it has been discussed in other threads. You can search for the topic and I'm sure you'll find some helpful info in previous discussions. Good luck.

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JanDunlevy Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 9:00pm
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AI had the same problems with my icing until I switched to hi ratio shortening. Huge difference!

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AnnieCahill Posted 26 Feb 2014 , 9:01pm
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I think you can add some corn syrup or a SMALL amount of vinegar to minimize cracks.  It sounds like you need more fat or liquid in your recipe.

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MBalaska Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 3:23am
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Originally Posted by pinchofsweetener 

....... your cake board sturdiness......


The only time my buttercream has ever cracked:

was when the iced cake was chilled, and it only sat on a flimsy cardboard, which flexed and cracked the chilled icing when it was removed from the fridge.

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kazita Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 5:52am
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AI believe you have to much sugar and not enough fat in your icing. ...if you post your recipe we could probably help much of each do you use of sugar and fat?

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heartofoklahoma Posted 27 Feb 2014 , 4:19pm
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Thank you all so much, I did read through some of the forums, it may be my icing.  I just dont get why sometimes it happens and sometimes it does not.  

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