How to get maximum volume from buttercream

by Amber
(Tucson, AZ USA)


I mixed my buttercream for a LONG time and it never did increase in volume. Do you know what might be going wrong?


From the editor:

Hi Amber,

There are a couple of things that could cause this:

1. the butter is too cold when being added to the buttercream. Make sure that it's just barely chilled. Also make sure the slices are no more than 1/2" thick.

2. too much butter is being added at one time. Be sure to add one piece, wait until fully incorporated, then add another. Continue adding slowly until all the butter has been added, then increase the mixer speed and start timing.

3. If you're still not getting good volume from your buttercream, try using hi-ratio shortening, which is what professional bakers use. It holds more air when whipped, than regular shortening.

Michelle (editor)

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Questions About Decorating a Cake.

looking for something in particular?

If you want to find something in a hurry? No Problem. Find the answers you need here:

search this site

Custom Search

still have questions?

If you still have any questions about baking, assembling or decorating a cake, ask them here!

keep the excitement going

Never be short of a great cake idea at a moment's notice.

Sign up for the "Too Nice To Slice" newsletter and get fantastic insider tips, tricks and out of the box cake decorating ideas delivered right to your inbox.




Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you 'Too Nice To Slice'.

share the love

If you like what you see, why not share this site with your friends? There's always something new baking around here.