Originally Posted by JaeRodriguez
She then mentions after dealing with this situation she made a SECOND batch and then decided to make Wilton's recipe minus the meringue powder. No where does she say at this point she had additional problems with her cakes. BUT she did say that THIS TIME she used an "ALL SHORTENING" buttercream indicating that she DIDN'T use all shortening
the first time. Which would mean that she DID NOT follow the recipe AS WRITTEN. Same principal....different ingredients.
I agree with you and that is the way I responded to the op initially.
A subsequent post clearly states that she made two batches and used Dream Whip in the first and not the second--which is completely consistent with the original post.
The post from Mindy that Linda quotes and then says well you did not follow Indydeb's recipe--which seems where this Mindy did not follow the recipe starts--is a misreading of Mindy's response to Mamarobin's original reply which asks of which recipe did you use regarding the SECOND batch of buttercream Mindy made. Why is this important? because Mindy's problems occurred with the FIRST batch not the SECOND so claiming she did not see results because she did not follow the recipe is irrelevant as that is not the batch that produced the problems Mindy was inquiring about.
Now why am I spending time clarifying this? Because I am interested in hearing from people who have experience with the recipe diagnose the conditions which may have produced the problems Mindy cites with her batch of Indydeb's buttercream. So rather than accusing her of not following the recipe how about diagnosing what might have caused her batch of Indydebi's buttercream (which she made as written) to bubble and melt off the cake?
If you're interested in "hearing from people who have experience with the recipe diagnose the conditions which may have produced the problems....." I have made this recipe hundreds of times...last week alone I made 12 double batches. Anyway..the op clearly states in her post that she made the second batch using "all shortening THIS time."
Which DOES indicate that she DID NOT "follow the recipe as written" the first time.
So...as I thought in my original "diagnoses" that the use of butter was probably the culprit. Butter has a lower melting point than shortening and would make perfect sense that it "bubbled and melted off the cake"... THIS is what I thought if you go back and read my original responses to her. The op never answered when I ask about the "all shortening" post that she made. I'd just bet money that this is the problem.
I agree with Texas...if the op made a "double batch" there could have been a mistake by the op. Too little of an ingredient or too much of one.
Clearly...something went wrong with the first batch, but with a "tried and true" recipe it's usually "user error" and NOT the recipe