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How to Fix Buttercream Cake Icing

Do you sometimes end up with a curdled or soupy mess when you make meringue buttercream? Did you know that It's all about temperature? Thomas Joseph has some fast ways to fix the problems and a tip for you for holding your pastry bag in place while filling. Watch the video for some clever ideas.

 Are you having trouble with your cake icing, meringue buttercream, royal icing or any type of frosting issues? Check out all of the questions below and you will most likely find your answer. 


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Can't get icing creamy 
I have an icing recipe that says cream butter and confection sugar together until creamy. Well, it never gets creamy it just looks like pellets (little …

Adding Chocolate To Buttercream 
Hi, So I decided to make my own wedding cake. This will be my first major cake. I would like to have your Italian Buttercream icing flavored with …

Icing breaking down 
I am using the same recipe that I have always used and my mother used. It is a buttercream using Crisco, flavorings, powdered sugar and less than 1 cup …

How do I get buttercream frosting in a true red? 
Every time I have tried to make red buttercream it has come out pinky orange, regardless of the type of red food coloring. I have tried a variety of brands …

Can I cover my entire wedding cake in cream cheese frosting? 
Question: I'm not a big fan of butter cream icing but I know that it holds up well for decoration frosting. Is there a variation that would hold up but …

Brittle royal icing 
My royal icing is brittle and breaks for string and filigree pattern work. Is there not enough meringue powder? Hi,so sorry it took me so long to get …

Italian Meringue Buttercream Problems 
Hi there, I've been using your Italian meringue buttercream recipe ever since I was introduced to it-and it's great. But for my last cake, I had …

Chocolate Ganache Icing 
I want to use both Chocolate ganache icing and Chocolate mousse for the same cake. If I use chocolate ganache in the cake that needs to be refrigerated, …

Best Buttercream Icing  
I'm making a 4 tier cake all different sponges (fruit cake, chocolate sponge, lemon cake & Madeira) What type of icing would be best for doing this & do …

Crumb Coating A Cake 
Can I use your Italian Meringue butter cream as a crumb coating over a chocolate cake before I cover the cake with fondant icing? Thank you so much Ambelene …

Using eggs in buttercream frosting and royal icing  
Hi Lorelie, I just found your site and it is the most informative of all that I have found. Thanks so much for your videos and instructions for those …

Butter Cream Frosting Bubbling  
Help! Butter Cream Frosting is bubbling after frosting my cakes... Hi Lorelie, First I would like to say that it was a God send that I came across …

Can I frost a frozen cake? 
Question Hi - I'm curious if I can frost a frozen cake with buttercream icing or will the moisture from the cake unthawing crack the frosting? Answer …

Do I put icing on the cake before or after refrigerating?  
I have a question about your Italian Buttercream recipe. Do I put icing on cake before or after you refrigerate the cake? Hi, I believe you are talking …

Differences In Frosting, Icing, Fondant and Gumpaste Not rated yet
Whats the difference between frosting's, icings, fondants, and gum pastes, and what environments and temperatures are best for each? Hi Kelcey Great …

Flavoring Buttercream Icing Not rated yet
This may be a silly question but I have tried searching for the white chocolate buttercream recipe....how much and when do I add white chocolate to the …

Best wedding cake frosting recipe for heat and humidity Not rated yet
I need to know if you have a great or at least good tasting buttercream frosting recipe that will hold up on a wedding cake as frosting and decorating …

Butter cream frosting Not rated yet
Hi, I'm back again. I have a question about icing. I'm not really familiar with fondant and I don't refuse to use it, but I'm not comfortable with it. …

Refrigerating Buttercream  Not rated yet
Hi, I just came across you site. I have some questions about your wedding cake frosting recipe. I am making a wedding cake and I usually make American …

Stabilizing Icing Not rated yet
Hi, I have a whipped cream icing question. I've never used heavy cream. Once you have whipped the cream up and added the vanilla how do you get it to …

Royal Icing Question Not rated yet
Hi Lorelie I have a question about royal icing...your site is AWESOME!! I just happened upon it...I think it should be the first site to come up when you …

Cream Cheese Icing Questions Not rated yet
Question Hi Dear, My question is on Cream Cheese Frosting For Icing A Wedding Cake. On your wedding cake frosting page you said you would crumb …



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Here is the main directory of frosting recipes where you will find a variety of buttercream recipes along with other non conventional icing and filling ideas. Most of them can double as filling.

Please feel free to add your expertise to the icing questions in the comments section at the bottom of each of the Q&A pages. Click on the question that you think you could help with and you will see where to add your tips. Thank You!

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