Hi all, I’ve been baking and decorating as a hobby for the last year, I recently made some small cupcakes for a friend with buttercream swirl and a butterfly I’d cut and shaped out of supermarkets own roll out icing. When I gave them to her the next day the wings had lost their shape and they’d gone shiny/sticky :-( . I read this is because the icing soaks up the moisture from the buttercream?
I called in my local cake shop and they recommended some renshaws flower paste icing so I’ve been using that, I also did a half&half with the renshaws and the supermarket ready roll and that seems to work well too.
So… I’ve got a few questions
Once I’ve cut out my shapes with my icing, how long can I leave them out to dry before having to use them?
I’m trying to keep my costs low as my cakes are usually gifts from my own pocket, do you think using the renshaws & supermarket icing mix is okay? Obviously the supermarket stuff is cheaper. Are there any alternatives you can recommend?
Sorry I’ve waffled on, any help or advice would be gratefully received!