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Buttercream Frosting

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Does your buttercream turn out too hard or too runny? Or is your frosting filled with air bubbles? Well lucky you; because we’re here to help! Making your own homemade buttercream frosting is a great way to add texture and flavour to your cakes and cupcakes; but even the smallest mistake in the process it can all fall apart. Thankfully, with these buttercream frosting tips and tricks you’ll be on your way to ice every cake that comes your way!

How To Thicken Your Buttercream Frosting

Adding flavour and texture to your buttercream sure can be a great option; however too much liquidity can cause your buttercream to soften. The easiest way to thicken your frosting is to add confectioner’s sugar one tablespoon at a time. If you want to add flavour to your frosting, the best way is blend or extract the juice from fresh produce and only use a small amount.

Another reason for runny frosting could be that the butter is too warm to start with or the kitchen is too hot. Too much heat in the butter or the atmosphere causes separation. Turn your oven off and make sure the room isn’t too hot so the butter doesn’t seperate. If the buttercream is still runny, stop mixing, chill the bowl and paddle for 10 minutes until the mixture solidifies a bit; then continue whip.

Adding too much sugar can change the flavour of your frosting; so make sure you taste as you go!

How To Thin Out Your Buttercream Frosting

Opposite to thickening, the key to thinning out your frosting is adding more liquidity. To thin out frosting, mix in milk or cream one tablespoon at a time till you reach your desired consistency.

However, if your cake or cupcakes are going to be out of the fridge for more than a day its best to make a thicker frosting.

How Long Can You Leave Buttercream Frosting Out For?

Unlike other frostings, buttercream can be left out for as long as two days!

If the frosting has cream cheese, its best to be refrigerated at all times for it to be safe to eat. Any frosting that contains milk will spoil quickly, so its best  to refrigerate it after a few hours.

Vanilla Raspberry Celebration cake

Will Buttercream Frosting Melt At Room Temperature?

When buttercream is left out at room temperature a thin crust is formed on the outer layer while the inside is nice and smooth. To prevent your frosting from melting, make sure the room temperature is not too hot. If the temperature is too hot the frosting will start to run. An example of crusted buttercream is visible on our Vanilla Raspberry Celebration Cake.

We hope that these tips and tricks have given you some knowledge to start with!

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