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How do I make buttercream not crack?

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I bought the SugarShack video, practiced, got my cake fairly smooth for the first go-round. Looked pretty good on the table. Then I moved it. The crusting buttercream cracked all the way around the cake, so when I got it to my location, I had to try and resmooth the whole thing, which was tough since it was decorated. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 68
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Originally Posted by mandymomof3

I bought the SugarShack video, practiced, got my cake fairly smooth for the first go-round. Looked pretty good on the table. Then I moved it. The crusting buttercream cracked all the way around the cake, so when I got it to my location, I had to try and resmooth the whole thing, which was tough since it was decorated. Any ideas?



Use a recipe that is a soft non crusting recipe like Whimsical Bakehouse..It is in the recipe section...It is a whipped Buttercream that does not crust and is easy to smooth.

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post #3 of 68
any other ideas besides a non crusting soft......

Mine are fine when I decorate the nxt day by the time I deliver they have cracks and wrinkles....And my boards are sturdy.
post #4 of 68
This looks very interesting KiddieKakes...So, this doesn't crust, but you can still smooth it say with the Viva method? I see the recipe calls for use of the whip attachment. Do you get a smooth buttercream (like the texture of SugarShack's) or a more whipped buttercream (with more air incorporated)?
post #5 of 68
No...you can't smooth it with viva but an actaul spatula...If you try and smooth it with a paper towel it will be a greasy mess..It is a whipped icing with 90% shortening..No forgiveness if you bump it but my customers love the taste and texture...Not at all like Sugarshacks recipe...It's hard to explain..You will have to try it to see what I mean...

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post #6 of 68
I use the Sugar Shack recipe and do not have any trouble with cracking. You might just need to use a bit more liquid. It is very humid here in GA and I do use 1/4 butter and just store brand shortening instead of hi ratio. I even add 2 TBSP meringue powder to mine and it always works great. I also like the taste of the whipped frosting from the Whimsical Bakehouse but find that mine always had lots of air bubbles; I could smooth it pretty well with a spatula or bench scrap but NOT with VIVA towels. Hope that helps.
post #7 of 68
If i dont use a really sturdy board, I mean heavy duty, I always get cracks around the bottom of the cake. I swore it that the cake board was not the problem but once i use a granite surface to put the cake in it didnt have those cracks any more. could that be it?
post #8 of 68
Mine are not just cracks around the edges but more like wrinkles all over cake...If that makes sense
post #9 of 68
I have had the same problem! and dont know why... it doesnt appear till the next day though..and only on some cakes i do, even the tiny 6 inch ones if they sit for a day sometimes...like tiny wrinkles/??
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post #10 of 68
shannycakers.....
You described it exactly.....They dont have to be touched to show these cracks. So, I know it is not because of the board not being sturdy enough
post #11 of 68
what type of icing do you use?
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post #12 of 68
could it be settle bulges? if i tort and fill cakes and not let them settle sometimes i have bulges. I fill cakes. let them hang out over night, then cover them. could that be it?
post #13 of 68
no because i always let mine settle for overnight also... im stumped..
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post #14 of 68
I get that sometimes too. I use Sam's Club buttercreme. I think it is just a settling of the icing. It probably slides just a tiny bit, just enough to make small cracks in the crust.
post #15 of 68
i started a thread about this same thing. i use indydebi receipe but have been using walmart brand shortening bc it has transfat- indydebi suggested going back to crisco. so i will try that.
my cakes smooth really nice but after awhile i get this little cracks on my cakes.
its definately not from moving them.
so it sounds like alot of us have this problem. i would love to get it solved because it ruins the whole look of the cake.
good luck and i hope i can get it resolved too.
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