You know the trouble I have had in the past with cakes? I found out recently it was all the fault of the frosting. I never knew that. I thought frosting was frosting. We enjoy buttercream frosting at our house so I would make my own from a recipe that was given to me. I would follow the directions and mix it up. After shooing away the family that was hovering nearby for a taste, I would start to frost the cold cake. Then the disaster would strike. I have literally cried after trying to frost the cake. Crumbs were everywhere. The cake fell apart. I would piece it together, make more frosting that didn’t have crumbs in it and try my best to cover any imperfections.
WHAT WAS I DOING WRONG?!?
The frosting was the wrong consistency. I had a family member who read Wilton’s book tell me that bit of information. I was using a thick frosting. It tasted great but to spread the frosting on the cake, the frosting was simply too heavy. To fix the problem, all I needed to do was add water. What? A few teaspoons of water would have saved me tears, time and temper over the years?
Yes. Sadly, yes.
For our little one’s first birthday, I tried out my newly discovered knowledge. I used a thin consistency frosting for the cake. Spread like a dream. Easy. Simple. No stress. I stood there in amazement. Will decorating the cake be this easy as well?
Yes. It was.
I used a medium frosting for piping border and a heavy frosting for different decorations. Where was this knowledge before? I should have looked to Wilton!
After I frosted the cake, a tip I had heard from the same family member is to wet the frosting spreader with warm water. I put some warm water in a glass and dip the spreader in it. I then shake the excess water off and smooth out the frosting. It helps to make the frosting smooth. I would get dips and grooves in the frosting and this technique helps to eliminate that.
I encourage you to check out the Wilton site for frosting recipes and more tips. Next time I will talk about decorating. It’s the best part!
I know I link to Wilton a lot in this post. These aren’t referral links. I hope to work with Wilton in the future because I think they are so knowledgeable and helpful. I simply point you in Wilton’s direction because they are a wealth of wonderful ideas.