The exclusive Italian nonstick from Ballarini the pros swear by. Shop now »
🔕 🔔

My Basket ()

All questions

How far in advance can I make frosting?

Daughters birthday Saturday and making two cakes. How far in advance can I make it? Do I refrigerate it and then warm room temp and re beat?

asked by Lara 11 months ago
3 answers 534 views
B16e31ba 4192 4270 8ee6 5c08e125a01c  1601198 10152741291297356 8973953800550224897 n
added 11 months ago

Not very far, unfortunately. Frosting should definitely be at room temperature when you frost, but if you try to revive it from a hardened state (from the fridge), it may split. Plus, the time you spend re-beating the frosting would have been roughly equal to making it fresh anyway!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added 11 months ago

My mom makes buttercream (hers is similar to American buttercream, but added with sweet condensed milk) 1-2 months before, freeze it in container, and when you want to use, bring it to room temp. If it looks good, use it; if it looks a bit floppy, rebeat it again before using. Works every time.

99b43a1e 643f 4404 a755 bd35c6822122  fb avatar
added 11 months ago

If I'm going to use buttercream frosting within 5 or so days, I make it and just leave it at room temperature. Longer than that, I refrigerate it, let it come to room temperature again, and remix it a little until it's the consistency I want. (Using the paddle attachment, not the whip attachment.) If your buttercream looks like it's separated or curdled looking, try warming a little bit if it int the microwave (start with about a 1/4 cup) until liquid and mixing it back into the rest of your frosting. I've been making cakes professionally for the past 15 years and I swear by this!

Let's Keep in Touch!

Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.

(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)

Please enter a valid email address.