Decorating in 85 deg weather
Posted: 22 May 2008 06:37 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Is it possible to do cake decorating in a room of 85 deg F?

My kitchen is this hot, and the last two cakes I tried frosting didn’t turn out too well as the frosting was melting away too quickly.  Was thinking I will frost the cakes in in my bedroom where there is AC.  lol

How do you do it?  Does your frosting melt away immediately?  Any tips?

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Posted: 22 May 2008 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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i couldn’t do it either, but apparently, hector does it everyday, so look for his reply!

i would wait until late at night or early in the morning , decorate and throw it in the fridge. if your crumb coat is cold/hard it will cool the final coat as you apply it.

frosting in the bedroom isn’t a bad idea either.  beware of hair ! lol and don’t be surprised when you find frosting in the oddest places.

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Posted: 22 May 2008 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Mousseline buttercream has a stability up to 90 degrees.  THAT is what I do.

Previously refrigerating your cakes and crumb coating helps a lot.

For piping, I use parchment bags.  The parchment shields from the warmth of your hands better than vinyl.  For precision piping when a stiffer consistency is needed, I rest my piping bag on blue ice every 5 minutes or as I am resting or between phases.

Also, be sure that your fan or ceiling fan are not aiming directly to your cake or work area, the constant flow of air (warm air) will expedite melts!

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