Shorting In Frosting Need Some Help

Decorating By smile22 Updated 4 Sep 2018 , 11:01pm by -K8memphis

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smile22 Posted 2 Sep 2018 , 2:41pm
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I’m making 2 dozen carrot cakes next weekend for a bridal shower I make this amazing citrus cream cheese buttercream using just butter powder sugar a hint a vanilla and fresh squeeze juice from an orange with a little zest. That I pipe into a round swirl.


I mistakenly told the bride I could do that cupcake in a rose using the Wilton 2d piping tip.  


I found a recipe on here that used shortening to get the cream cheese buttercream to crust but I have never used shortening in any of my frostings and I’m worried it’s going to taste to oily or like a grocery store frosting.

is there a way to get the crusting on the frosting without using the shortening? 

If I use the shortening will it taste oily 



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smile22 Posted 2 Sep 2018 , 2:44pm
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Forgot to add I use cream cheese in the citrus recipe one 8oz block it wouldn’t let me edit kept giving me error message 

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smile22 Posted 2 Sep 2018 , 2:44pm
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Forgot to add I use cream cheese in the citrus recipe one 8oz block it wouldn’t let me edit kept giving me error message 

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-K8memphis Posted 2 Sep 2018 , 8:16pm
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shortening itself doesn't crust more than butter -- it's the ratio of powdered sugar to fat -- so add a little more powdered sugar or some corn starch for better crusting -- i'd skip the shortening altogether myself --

and you gotta keep them cold! cream cheese is a hazardous ingredient

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SandraSmiley Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 1:45am
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-K8memphis is correct.  I've made a crusting ceam cheese frosting a bunch of times and it works fine for frosting the cake, especially as it is kept refrigerated most of the time, but I have not had a lot of success piping flowers with it.  Just too soft.

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SandraSmiley Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 1:46am
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Oh, I forgot to add that I use all butter when making cream cheese frosting.

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smile22 Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 10:36pm
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Quote by @SandraSmiley on 20 hours ago

Oh, I forgot to add that I use all butter when making cream cheese frosting.


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smile22 Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 10:38pm
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Quote by @smile22 on 6 seconds ago


Quote by @SandraSmiley on 20 hours ago

Oh, I forgot to add that I use all butter when making cream cheese frosting.


I’m using these on cupcakes I realized using the 2d tip will make it to soft so I’m going to pipe a rosette using the 1m tip I’m just looking for a cream cheese buttercream that will make it a little more firm and stiff 

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smile22 Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 10:38pm
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Quote by @smile22 on 6 seconds ago


Quote by @SandraSmiley on 20 hours ago

Oh, I forgot to add that I use all butter when making cream cheese frosting.


I’m using these on cupcakes I realized using the 2d tip will make it to soft so I’m going to pipe a rosette using the 1m tip I’m just looking for a cream cheese buttercream that will make it a little more firm and stiff 

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smile22 Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 10:39pm
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Totally realized that using this on my phone does not always get what I was looking for clear I’m not making 2 dozen carrot cakes I’m making 2 dozen carrot cake cupcakes. I wanted to make a Rose shape but realized it will be to soft so I’m thinking a rosett shape might work better if I can get a stiffer or thicker frosting 

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smile22 Posted 3 Sep 2018 , 10:39pm
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Totally realized that using this on my phone does not always get what I was looking for clear I’m not making 2 dozen carrot cakes I’m making 2 dozen carrot cake cupcakes. I wanted to make a Rose shape but realized it will be to soft so I’m thinking a rosett shape might work better if I can get a stiffer or thicker frosting 

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-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2018 , 1:39pm
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i pictured cupcakes :)

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JustOneMoreCake Posted 4 Sep 2018 , 3:12pm
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It's funny, I once saw a baking blog with a cake with cream cheese frosting, frosted fairly intricately with the crispest, stiffest edges I'd ever seen for a cream cheese frosting.  I immediately asked the blogger how she managed it with such a soft frosting.

Funny, she never did answer me.  Huh. Wonder why?  (If anyone is missing my mild sarcasm, I suspect cheating on the part of that blogger and that it wasn't cream cheese at all.)

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SandraSmiley Posted 4 Sep 2018 , 8:09pm
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I could have well been -K8memphis's version of a mock cream cheese frosting, which is much more stable.

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-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2018 , 11:01pm
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add cornstarch and the icing will stiffen up beautifully

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