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asked September 15th 2013

Buttercream Splitting

I use butter cream icing for about 50% of my cakes. when piping on the decorations it splits on me almost every time! I do have warm hands and can only cool them for a short time. I really don’t like using the shortening as I try and keep my cakes on the healthier option (if that’s possible). Please need help!!!!

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I use butter cream icing for about 50% of my cakes. when piping on the decorations it splits on me almost every time! I do have warm hands and can only cool them for a short time. I really don’t like using the shortening as I try and keep my cakes on the healthier option (if that’s possible). Please need help!!!!

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Hi Shazbaz

If you type in the search box ‘buttercream splitting’ there are lots of useful answers for any combination of buttercream problems. In the first instance take a look at the new buttercream tutorial here http://www.cakeflix.com/using-buttercream-introduction-to-buttercream which covers many of the problems encountered. If you’re still having problems try adding melted white chocolate to make the BC stronger and also use two piping bags, keep one in the fridge while using the other and swap over as it starts to soften. The bag in the fridge will be quite solid so just warm it in your hands and start using, it will soon soften.

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