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Topic: Drying of Buttercream Flowers
Doraf26 04/09/2010 6:27 AM
Hello All,

I made flowers last night of buttercream icing with meringue powder and after 10 hours, they are still not completely dry. Does anyone have recommendations on how I can quicken the drying process so I can put them on the cake?

Thanks!
ladycatisadiva 04/09/2010 6:51 AM
Hello,

Well, I will tell you this, I don't believe they are going to dry out anytime soon. Buttercream is made with butter or/and with shortening, high ratio, crisco, walmart brand, etc.

Are you trying to dry them hard? If so, it won't work. You should have made Royal Icing Flowers. Royal Icing is made without shortening or butter. Is this what you are trying to do?
MARIE J 04/09/2010 7:28 AM
Buittercream does not completely dry !! Do you have a 'crust' on them ? That's usually as much as you will get if you're using a crusting buttercream recipe !!

Do you need them to be hard ? If so, what about using fondant, fondant/gumpaste mix or royal icing ?
celena 04/09/2010 7:38 AM
i agree - if you needed fully dry flowers, buttercream was not the way to go. royal icing would do it, however. if it doesn't matter (but you were just wondering), keep the BC flowers and use them...
mmumsie 04/09/2010 10:12 AM
I have had bc icing flowers dry hard. It just takes time! I have used the Snow White Buttercream recipe for these. Make sure you keep your flowers out of direct or indirect sunlight and heat, or they will fade terribly.

However, royal icing is easier and quicker than your bc choice.
sweetgrandma 04/09/2010 1:25 PM
I put them in the freezer for 5 or 10 minutes to firm them up so I can transfer them to the cake.
bunnywoman 04/09/2010 8:44 PM
Did you use an "air drying buttercream" recipe? That works.