Cake baker says she'll only do buttercream?

posted 4 months ago in Food
Post # 31
2626 posts
Sugar bee

Supermarket buttercream is made with crappy shelf-stable ingredients. It’s an insult to buttercream.

Post # 32
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

missmollybee :  i literally couldn’t eat pre made icing from the supermarket. Pls go to a cakery & try some delicious swiss meringue butter cream 

Post # 33
110 posts
Blushing bee

Most place do not use anything other than buttercream for tiered cakes. It’s too unstable. It can cause the cakes to tilt, melt or look wonky – it not only effects the smoothness/texture, it can make it look bumpy. The filling can squish out if the weight of the cake isn’t supported by the icing. She probably doesn’t feel comfortable doing it because she doesn’t want to be responsible for a ruined cake on your wedding day. I’d say keep looking around if you really want something else, but it doesn’t hurt to try their products. You will have an easier time choosing if you don’t like her buttercream.

Post # 34
2578 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

missmollybee :  i bake. If she makes it the day before and frosts it the day of your choice should be buttercream, cream cheese, whipped cream, boiled icing or fondant. I’m concerned she either wants to be able to make it in advance and freeze it, or just isn’t that talented at her craft.

Post # 35
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

My guess is her buttercream is much better than something you get from a store.  I make my niece’s birthday cakes and think I do decently, but I learned really quick that buttercream just works best.  I personally love cream cheese icing but have had frosting disasters while using it so I just don’t anymore.  The temperature also makes a huge difference.  I worry much less about cakes I make for the November birthday vs. the June birthday. 

Post # 36
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

Could you maybe ask her about flavoured buttercream if you don’t like the usual taste? Ours offered a selection of different flavours, we ended up going with strawberry milkshake buttercream, it was delicious!

Post # 38
3428 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

missmollybee :  what you’re looking for can absolutely be done. I got married outdoors, during the day, in the Caribbean and my cream cheese frosting held up just fine unrefrigerated all through the ceremony, reception and right up until the next morning when I ate the leftover cake for breakfast, lol. The baker did warn me that it would not be as smooth as buttercream, but I was adamant because I consider it a sin to serve red velvet with anything other than cream cheese. She was totally willing to do it, just wanted me to be informed. Your baker on the other hand, seems unwilling. No need to waste your time with a baker who can’t/won’t do what you want. 

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