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Sharon Zambito's buttercream! What did I do wrong?!?!?!?!?!?

post #1 of 23
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I just made Sharon's buttercream. I followed the dirsctions to a "T" but something went terribly wrong. It's like the icing is curtled (sp). There are small bumps of powered sugar in it. It is NOT smooth at all. What could have caused this!! Please help!!!! I can't waste all these ingrediants. Can it be saved!!!!!!!!!!
post #2 of 23
Not sure of the recipe... that happened to me the first time I made my BC cause I forgot the meringue powder. It look exactly like that.
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post #3 of 23
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This doesn't call for merigue powder. But Thanks for trying icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 23
Sometimes you have to sift your powdered sugar first. When it sits in the store it somehow hardens sometimes and will be clumpy.

Ashleyssweetdesigns: Sharon's recipe doesn't contain meringue powder - maybe you're thinking of someone else's recipe?

oops - forgot to add: when I make it - if it looks "curdled" I just mix it for a bit longer. It's almost as if the sugar hasn't yet incorporated. A few more minutes mixing and it's perfect! Airless and smooth!
post #5 of 23
How long did you let it mix? It takes 6-7 minutes in my Kitchenaid, after the PS has been incorporated. A lower powered mixer may take longer.

Also, how stiff is the icing? I've had it look like this when it's been a bit too dry. I always keep a bit of the warm creamer on hand in case.

I love Sharon's buttercream and make it when ever I can get Sweetex (unfortunately no one ships it to Europe April - Oct). I seem to remember it took me a few tries to get it down.
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post #6 of 23
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I tried mixing it for longer but it didn't change it. It's very very gritty. I've made buttercream a zillion times and this has NEVER happened. I don't understand. I'm very upset right now. I need this buttercream for 2 cakes for this weekend. And I don't want to throw it away and go buy more sugar and Hi-Ratio. icon_sad.gificon_sad.gif
post #7 of 23
I had that problem with high ratio. stopped using it. On occasion when I use walmart brand shortning it looks like that too. it works fine to ice a cake but I would sift the sugar first
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post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by psurrette

I had that problem with high ratio. stopped using it. On occasion when I use walmart brand shortning it looks like that too. it works fine to ice a cake but I would sift the sugar first



What are you using instead of high ratio? I have not had this problem but like to hear what others like using.
post #9 of 23
maybe try adding a bit more of your hot creamer mix as miss_sweetstory suggested.
post #10 of 23
I didnt have any luck with high ratio. It was full of air bubbles. never had a problem with the regular shortning.
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post #11 of 23
psurrette- everyone has complained about the taste of Crisco - do you use Crisco? If so, is there a trick to keeping it tasty?
post #12 of 23
Try more liquid, tablespoon at a time. Beat the heck out of it. Do this until it is smooth. If it is too thin add more PS, a little at a time.

Mix and adjust, it will work.
post #13 of 23
psurrette- I just looked at your website..you are from Bridgewater! I moved away from Whitman more than a few years ago and now live in Concord. I use to love going to the breakfast place in Bridgewater center. HMmm...can't think of the name.

Anyway, love your cakes and would be interested in your shortning method. ps. I am a hobbie caker for now.
post #14 of 23
I use half butter and half either walmart or store brand shortning
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post #15 of 23
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I tried adding more liguid. I swear it seems like there is NO shortening AT ALL. It's very strange. I'm just gonna have to start over.
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