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To sift or not to sift?

Poll Results: Do you sift when making bc icing to cover a cake?

 
  • 75% (31)
    Yes, always!
  • 24% (10)
    Never bother!
41 Total Votes  
post #1 of 26
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I was taught to sift ps before adding it to basically anything. I am beginning to think it is only necessary for mmf and to decorate with bc icing. I am curious what everyone else does. Do you sift when making icing to cover a cake?
post #2 of 26
always. always. always.
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by indydebi

always. always. always.

ditto,.ditto,ditto.. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 26
Yes!! My buttercream can tend to be gritty if I don't. If I'm using a mix to bake a cake, I even sift that.
post #5 of 26
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always. always. always.



Forgive me, Indydebi, for I don't always sift...

BUT I always regret it when I don't icon_sad.gif so I voted always!
post #6 of 26
I sift anything that will sift... icon_lol.gif Yes, I too sift the cake mix if I use a box mix.
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6
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"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
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post #7 of 26
I didn't for the longest time, but just started to. WOW, the difference is amazing. Now I will always sift, even my box cake mix!!!!
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post #8 of 26
Me too! My powdered sugar, flour, salt, baking powder - even if I'm doing a doctored cake mix I sift!

On a side note - if you sift your cake mix, you can use a sturdy whisk and the batter will come together quickly and beautiful. It'll be done before you can even get the mixer ready!

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Originally Posted by crazyladybaker

I sift anything that will sift... icon_lol.gif Yes, I too sift the cake mix if I use a box mix.
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post #9 of 26
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Originally Posted by caymancake

Me too! My powdered sugar, flour, salt, baking powder - even if I'm doing a doctored cake mix I sift!

On a side note - if you sift your cake mix, you can use a sturdy whisk and the batter will come together quickly and beautiful. It'll be done before you can even get the mixer ready!

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Originally Posted by crazyladybaker

I sift anything that will sift... icon_lol.gif Yes, I too sift the cake mix if I use a box mix.




wow...someone from my most favorite place in the world! Can I be nosy and ask how long you have been there in Cayman?
We discovered your beautiful island a few years ago and have been every summer for vacation.
Want to hear something funny? I was just daydreaming today about sitting in the sand at Rum Point and watching the sunset.
Oh, I have to stop before I get all sad. Well, anyway I just wanted to say Hi to someone fortunate enough to live in such a gorgeous place.
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6
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"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6
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post #10 of 26
I never sifted my powder sugar for my buttercream, until about 2 months ago. At first I was really impressed because my buttercream seemed so smooth and even tasted better. But at that time I was having problems with my icing when frosting my cakes. This weekend I did a wedding cake, did not sift my powder sugar and I had very good luck with covering my cakes. I think I am just going to save myself the extra step and go back to not sifting. I do however whisk my box cake mixes.
post #11 of 26
I've been here all my life, excluding my time away in college! My family has been in the Cayman Islands since the 1700s (thats documented at least) so I think that makes me a bonafide island girl icon_smile.gif.

I'm so glad you love it here! I always feel so proud whenever someone gives my country a compliment, and feel no way about being nosy icon_smile.gif. If you come anytime soon, feel free to PM me or e-mail me icon_smile.gif - you can always use my kitchen if you get a baking itch while you're on vacay!

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Originally Posted by crazyladybaker

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Originally Posted by caymancake

Me too! My powdered sugar, flour, salt, baking powder - even if I'm doing a doctored cake mix I sift!

On a side note - if you sift your cake mix, you can use a sturdy whisk and the batter will come together quickly and beautiful. It'll be done before you can even get the mixer ready!

Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyladybaker

I sift anything that will sift... icon_lol.gif Yes, I too sift the cake mix if I use a box mix.




wow...someone from my most favorite place in the world! Can I be nosy and ask how long you have been there in Cayman?
We discovered your beautiful island a few years ago and have been every summer for vacation.
Want to hear something funny? I was just daydreaming today about sitting in the sand at Rum Point and watching the sunset.
Oh, I have to stop before I get all sad. Well, anyway I just wanted to say Hi to someone fortunate enough to live in such a gorgeous place.
Sunny Smiles from the Cayman Isles!
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Sunny Smiles from the Cayman Isles!
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post #12 of 26
I know that the dear Lord was looking out for both me and my customer. I have always used a recipe for doctored cake mixes and one day I felt led to sift the mix. In that cake mix I found a large aluminum staple - the kind that is used on the plastic bags containing fruits and vegetables like oranges and potatoes. I could not believe my eyes!! From that day on I always, always always sift.

In a couple of other cake mixes I have found a hard piece of plastic about the size of my thumbnail and also a small pebble. I have been baking cakes on and off for 32 years and I certainly don't want to be responsible for paying someones Doctor or dental bill. Better safe than sorry. So, I most definitely ALWAYS sift (including the P Sugar). If it can fit in my sifter - I throw it in there!! Whatever doesn't sift through gets thrown in the trash. thumbs_up.gif
post #13 of 26
yes ALWAYS sift! Prevention is better than cure, and further to what was mentioned previously when you don't sift those little rocks can get stuck in your tips, OMG a real pain if you're using tips one to five.
post #14 of 26
Sift..sift..sift..always!!
post #15 of 26
OK, OK, I'll sift! Sheeez..... It is just so enormously easier to just snip off a corner of the 4 lb. C&H bag and gently pour into my KA.

Now, HOW to you sift? A medium aluminum strainer over a bowl that is tapped?
An actual hand held sifter? How big? What kind of handle? turn handle or squeeze?
How do you get your sifted 4 lbs. of powdered sugar into your KA without getting it all over the kitchen?
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