Cracked Icing

Forum: Cakes & Cake Decorating

I’ve been having a problem lately that I don’t understand WHY its happening…After I ice the cake with a crusting butter cream I use the Viva paper towel method….Then about 30 minutes afterwards….I start to see hairline cracks all over! Why is this happening? And its not from moving the cake because the cake is on a very sturdy cake board. Can anyone tell me why this would happen? I’d appreciate any advice! Thanks

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Rosita, Florida,


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Maria @ RooneyGirl BakeShop ...

Hi Rosita, Are you letting your cake settle after you’ve torted, filled, and stacked it? The cracks might be a sign of settling it. I always chill my cakes before icing/ganaching in the fridge with a plastic wrapped cardboard on top and a 1 lb block of butter (or 2 if its a large cake). I do this anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on how much time I have. Good luck!

Rosa ...

Thanks rooneygirl, but the funny thing is that I DO let the cake settle…..thats why I am so “Not understanding” whats going on.

Tiffany Palmer ...

I’m not sure what you’re recipe is, but when I altered mine to use less sugar it stopped the cracking completely! I had tried everything and nothing worked until I altered my recipe. Hope that helps. :)