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Had a little problem.

post #1 of 31
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We all know that with every cake, we have a problem of some type. Some big, some small.

I did my daughter's birthday cake yesterday for her party today and posted the picture. It's the Dora and Boots cake. This morning I was showing it to my friend and I gasped in horror as my pretty green grass had white circles all over it! I have posted about this problem before and was told it was because I used water instead of milk to thin. Well, since then I have used nothing but milk for thinning and it STILL happened. Any ideas?

I salvaged it by putting flowers on it. But I liked it better last night. What do y'all think? (Be honest)
LL
post #2 of 31
Looks really great! I've never had that problem with my icing before. I've used milk and water in my icing before (not at the same time).
post #3 of 31
I had the same prob w/my camo cake .. the white from the crumb coat shows through the next day.. I didn't know it could possibly be the water in my icing doing that .. I'd be interested to know too .. also, I'd love to know if the milk would cause the icing to need to be refrigerated.
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post #4 of 31
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Actually, come to think of it, I forgot to crumb coat. icon_eek.gif LOL. And it's a chocolate cake too!!! Can't be that in this case!
post #5 of 31
Are you sifting your sugar? With the heat/humidity this time of year....?
post #6 of 31
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That's probably it. icon_redface.gif I was wondering. I had read on a thread on here that sifting didn't really have to be done because our powdered sugar was already sifted enough. Soooo, I took it upon myself to stop since I hate that part anyway. Oh, well I'll have to go back to sifting, huh?
post #7 of 31
Well the cake looks fantastic!

I only use water to thin my icing and never had any problems with it...the only time you should be concerned about using water is if your water is over-treated with chemicals or if you're making a dark purple (milk makes a better purple for some reason).

Could be salt in the icing if you added any. Might also be that the BC used to make the grass dried out a bit.
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post #8 of 31
I think it looks just fine! Cant tell at all.
post #9 of 31
Your flowers are a great save - looks just as good today as yesterday.

Sorry I can't help with the white spots, it happens to me too, usually in purple or blue. I always use milk now, as I have also heard that could be the cause. I never sift. What about butter - little lumps not fully blended. Could that be it?

Would love to find the answer!
post #10 of 31
Hmmm white spots? Couldn't tell...it looks like real grass though!!! and MAN that cake is just awesome!!!! I never seem to get time to get that detailed with the sky and such, but it sure does make a difference...definately going to try it next time!!!!
post #11 of 31
You're cake looks fantastic! I've had the same problem w/ icing before....I hate to tell you....but it's always when I don't sift! icon_sad.gif
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post #12 of 31
I think it looks great - I love the flowers. I have never had that problem before, and I use water all the time. The whole cake is adorable. What did you use for the path? Too cute
post #13 of 31
THE CAKE LOOKS GREAT. I NEVER HAD THAT PROBLEM SO I CAN'T COMMENT ON IT. SOME DAY I HOPE I COULD DO THAT WELL.
post #14 of 31
I sometimes get that with dark colors, I have always contributed it to the crisco in the icing. Fat really doesn't take color so if you have some that isn't mixed all the way or if your icing starts to seperate (with the hot weather the icing will start to melt sometimes) you will get those spots. Try using a thicker icing, perhaps you had it too thin.

Just some thoughts,

It really is a great cake and you should be proud of it. If someone is to notice a white spot you tell that that is the suns reflection on the grass, and its a very hard effect to achieve.
post #15 of 31
I also use water to thin my icing and I have not had that problem. I think the cake looks fabulous! I can't see any white spots and I like the way you did the flowers! Good job! thumbs_up.gif
traci
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