Having perfect frosting is essential to having a perfect cupcake. It finishes them off, which is why it is so important to have amazing frosting. With so many different methods of making frosting, it’s important to have a few tips and tricks to make the perfect buttercream frosting every time. We have compiled a list of four of the most important things to get right when making frosting, and addressing the most common mistakes.
1) The consistency of the butter
This is probably written on almost any frosting recipe you’ll find, but you cannot over soften your butter! If it is too melty, the frosting will be soupy and won’t pipe properly. It’ll melt right off the cupcakes! Well softened butter is room temperature to the touch and has just started to melt. Any more than this, you could risk having watery frosting. Under softening the butter is just as bad, as cold butter is hard to whip and will get stuck in the whisk.
2) The sifting of the powdered sugar
Powdered sugar, or confectioner’s sugar, is used in almost any frosting. The powdered sugar in a buttercream is like the flour in a cupcake; it gives it substance. Sifting your powdered sugar is a must do, even if the recipe doesn’t mention it. This eliminates chunks in the sugar, making the frosting smoother. Without sifting, the frosting could end up full of chunks that will clog up the piping tip later on.
3) The correct piping tip
The piping tip you use often depends on the type of frosting. While the narrow tips can create more delicate designs, they should only be used with frostings without any additions, such as sprinkles and Oreos. These larger chunks can become stuck in the tip, blocking frosting from coming out, and hence ruining your design.
4) The temperature of the cupcakes
You could spend a lot of time making the perfect buttercream, but if you frost the cupcakes too soon it will all have been for nothing. Frosting cupcakes that have just come out of the oven will cause the frosting to melt right off of them! Cupcakes and cake should be allowed to cool to at least room temperature before frosting them.
Making frosting can have its own challenges, but by following these tips and having a good recipe to begin with, you’ll have the perfect frosting!