How Much Buttercream Icing Do I Need?

Baking By kitten1021 Updated 7 Jul 2015 , 12:44pm by SquirrellyCakes

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kitten1021 Posted 7 Jul 2015 , 5:47am
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I have tried to look up information about this and have gotten a lot of conflicting results so I am coming to the people who I think will steer me in the right direction.

I am making 6 dozen cupcakes for a party and the request has been made for a full covering of icing aka a lot of icing so I will probably do several swirls or layers on each cupcake. The buttercream icing that I will be buying is available in a 8 pound bucket. What I want to know is for 6 dozen cupcakes with full coverage of icing as i described will one 8 pound bucket be enough or should I get 2 buckets to be on the safe side?

Any help or advice is much appreciated.

Thanks :)

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TheresaCarol Posted 7 Jul 2015 , 12:12pm
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I personally am of the thinking, "Too much is better than not enough".  I would definitely get two buckets; especially if you use alot of icing.  An 8 pound bucket has 16 cups of icing.  To ice 24 standard cupcakes you need 4 cups of icing.  I am assuming the 4 cups of icing standard was set way before the the industry started piping large mounds of icing to decorate the cupcakes but I don't know for sure.  At any rate, I would get two.  The only other suggestion I have is that if you do choose to buy only one, be prepared to add powdered sugar to what is left to make it stretch. (I have had to do this on more than one occasion.)  Happy Cupcaking! :)

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SquirrellyCakes Posted 7 Jul 2015 , 12:44pm
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I am with TheresaCarol on this. I use 4 cups to do 24 cupcakes and that is when I am not putting a heavy amount of icing on them. So based on what I use, you would need more than one for minimal icing. If you are really loading it on - example would be - making the cupcakes look like soft serve ice cream cones - you might even need part of a third bucket. Otherwise, 2 will do.

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