Icing A 3D Cake

Decorating By danijus Updated 24 May 2008 , 4:42pm by TooMuchCake

danijus Posted 23 May 2008 , 9:37pm
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OK extreme newbie here just wondering how get a smooth finish on a sculpted cake. I've seen some in the gallery and they are so smooth and shiny. I think one decorator said she sprays the cakes with hot water and karo syrup. Anybody ever heard of this?

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Lesia Posted 24 May 2008 , 1:37am
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I would just use a crusting buttercream. Let it crust until it doesn't stick to your finger when lightly touched, then use a Viva paper towel (without texture) and use it with the heat of your hand to smooth the icing. Best of luck with your project!

TooMuchCake Posted 24 May 2008 , 3:16am
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You're talking the buttercream sculpted cakes, right? Not the fondant ones? You can hot brush the cakes or use the Viva method that Lesia mentioned.


danijus Posted 24 May 2008 , 2:56pm
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Thanks for the suggestions. Yes I was talking about buttercream. One more question. What is hot brushing?

TooMuchCake Posted 24 May 2008 , 4:42pm
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It's like using a hot spatula, except with a fine soft brush instead. Sometimes I use a combination of the Viva and hot brushing, sometimes just the brushing, sometimes just the Viva. It depends on the look I need. You can look at my photos to see what it looks like.


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