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How to Prevent Smooshed Frosting

Most of you probably already know that I’m pretty much a spaz. But I know some of you out there will understand my annoyance with this topic… Consider this peeve #563: smooshed frosting.

You spend hours baking and meticulously decorating your favorite holiday desserts, only to have to pack them up to travel to a foreign kitchen. This is fine, except getting them there in a presentable fashion is quite stressful, risky and gosh darn it–a pain in the you know what.

Maybe you have an enormous kitchen and have room for bulky pastry cases. Well, I don’t. (Don’t get me wrong–these carriers are awesome, I just don’t have room to store them for the other 360 days of the year that they won’t be in use.)

So, at probably around midnight the night before Thanksgiving, I had a small stroke of brilliance. (Or, delirium–you can decide for yourself.)

Upcycle and Prevent Smooshed Frosting with this Hack

Here’s a wonderful case where my hoarding has come in handy–love it when this happens. I have saved the rings from plastic milk jugs for a while now.

Really, I’m not that nuts–these have several uses for crafts. I just wash them and stash them in my craft cabinet.

A jug of plastic milk rings.

When I frosted my pumpkin squares and neatly arranged them on a platter, the last thing I wanted to do was cover them in foil or plastic wrap that would mess up the delicious cream cheese frosting.

I’ve tried sticking toothpicks in them to hold it up but they leave a bunch of holes in the desserts and end up puncturing the cover anyway.

So, I tucked a milk ring between each slice to hold up the plastic wrap.

Milk rings in between frosted pumpkin slices.

This created the perfect tented situation to protect the frosting! Then, when I arrived at my destination, I removed the plastic wrap and rings and displayed my perfect dessert.

The only thing is, these do not allow for stacking multiple platters. But it’s a great solution for single-layer platters. No smooshed frosting! Plus you’re upcycling! 🙂

Milk rings between cake slices to tent saran wrap for transported baked goods without smooshing the frosting.
Milk ring tent over frosted pumpkin slices.

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How do you prevent smooshed frosting?


Wednesday 7th of December 2011

You are a genius! My Mom in law uses toothpicks and sometimes they pierce the syran, or they disappear into the snack...then it's careful eating!!


Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Great tip!!

Mindy Grant

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Brilliant!! What a great tip! Thanks! :)

Dee W

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

OMG I love it! Now I have to start saving the rings from the cartons. What craft projects do you use these for?


Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Dee-- if you just search "milk jug ring crafts" you'll be surprised at how useful they can be! But, my favorite are the pipe cleaner wreaths... I'm actually thinking about doing a post on them! :)

Katy P

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

Nice, thanks!