How to Keep Icing From Cracking After it Dries on the Cake

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How to Keep Icing From Cracking After it Dries on the Cake
A sturdy cake stand helps guard against icing cracks. (white elegant wedding cake two tier image by Paul Retherford from

Decorating a cake can be time-consuming, so it's only natural to be frustrated if your beautiful icing starts cracking after it dries. Luckily, there are some easy ways to prevent this unsightly occurrence. Keeping a creamy frosting consistency and transporting your cake with care will remedy almost all icing cracking problems.

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  1. 1

    Add a teaspoon or two of extra shortening to your recipe. Dry icing is often responsible for cracking, and shortening adds moisture to icing. Alternatively, add 3 to 4 tbsp of light corn syrup to your standard recipe.

  2. 2

    Replace any reduced-fat milk in your icing recipe with whole milk. Whole milk creates a creamier frosting, which is less likely to crack.

  3. 3

    Place your cake on a cake board strong enough to withstand the weight of the cake for a few days. Bending in a cake board will cause the cake to shift and icing to crack. Stack multiple cake boards together for larger, heavier cakes.

  4. 4

    Lift your cake from underneath its centre, not from the sides. Lifting a cake from its sides cramps the cake's centre, causing cracking.

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