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Preventing Grainy Frosting

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Everyone likes a smooth deliciously sweet whipped frosting on their cakes and cookies. Use the tips for preventing grainy frosting when baking.


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May 3, 2010

I make a chocolate frosting that I feel is too grainy. It tastes great, but I would like to lose the "grainy". The frosting is made with butter, Crisco, superfine sugar, Chocobake, vanilla, and a small amount of warmed milk that you let cool before putting with the other ingredients. Any suggestions?

By Vicki Kay from Davis, IL


May 3, 20100 found this helpful
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Next time you make the frosting, use confectioners (powdered) sugar. You won't have that grainy consistency.

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful
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If you beat the Crisco and sugar together until you do not feel the sugar grains when rubbing little frosting between your fingers will help take away the grainy consistency.

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful
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When using granulated sugar (even superfine) you must cook the sugar into a syrup to lose the grit.


Confectioner's powdered sugar is the only sugar I know of that you can make a frosting out of without cooking.
Your recipe has to be exact.

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March 1, 20110 found this helpful
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With an electric mixer, beat the crisco and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the cocoa and mix well.
After the crisco, sugar and cocoa are very well mixed, dribble in the warmed milk while continuing to mix.
Add the milk while it is still warm. The warm milk will "melt" the sugar.
Continue beating the frosting until fluffy and when you can no longer feel the sugar. Then add the vanilla and mix to blend. The secret of a good cook is patience. So this method may take a bit longer but it is well worth the effort.

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May 3, 2010

How do you repair grainy frosting?

Arlene from Berea, OH


Grainy Frosting

In order to help you with this we need to know what kind of frosting it is. Is it just butter cream, or is it a cooked frosting? I can't imagine how buttercream could get grainy, and if it is a cooked frosting, like seven minute or boiled frosting, than I think it would have been cooked too long, and that there would be nothing to do, but start over or serve it grainy.



By Louise B.

Grainy Frosting

If it has sugar in it, not using pure cane sugar can cause a grainy end product. (02/14/2009)

By Wisgal

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