Edna De la Cruz’s Buttercream Pleats Tutorial

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Once you’ve perfected your smooth buttercream skills, a door to a whole world of decorating options opens up. By piping and smoothing layers of crusting buttercream on a cake, you can create a graceful draped fabric look, jaunty pleats, unique ridges and so much more. Master the techniques in this tutorial, and let your imagination run wild!

Supplies

  • #12 round piping tip
  • Angled modeling knife
  • Ball tool
  • Cake
  • Crusting buttercream
  • Skewer
  • Viva paper towels

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Using crusting buttercream, cover and smooth cake using the Viva paper towel method.  Mark the cake with a skewer or a needle tool where you want the pleats to be. Start with the center line, marking from the bottom up three quarters of the way to the top.

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Mark the curved side lines from the bottom up to the top with two on each side of the center line.

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Using a round tip #12, pipe over the center line.

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Blend the line with the side of an angled modeling knife. Wipe the knife after each swipe.

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Smooth the piped line using a Viva paper towel with light finger pressure.

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For intricate smoothing where your finger won’t fit, over a Viva paper towel, use a ball tool with light pressure.

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Continue by piping and repeating the blending and smoothing techniques on each line marked off on the cake.

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Finish the cake with a pearl border using a round tip #4.

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As seen in Cake Central Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3

 

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