DH and I attempted our first cake last night. We used a cake mix and the bc recipe in the faux fondant article. Then we smoothed it using the Viva papertowel. It didn't turn out as smooth as I wanted and I know someone out there has some tips they can share.
Here is the cake after smoothing and then the finished product.
it looks like you could use a thicker layer of icing in the first place. maybe try the wilton icing tip, it puts on just the right amount for you to scrape some off in the smoothing process.
I'll make sure I try that next time. I'm just starting so I don't have a lot of the tips. I have two round, one star and one petal tip that came in the 18 piece Wilton decorating kit I found on clearance at Walmart .
looks like your icing could be a bit stiffer and
looks lke you used just your hands? go over it again with a fondant smoother over the viva and will be smoother and more level and sharp.
takes a little practice so do not be discouraged!
I was also going to suggest a fondant smoother. Also, the smoother your icing is before you viva, the better it'll come out after. Try dipping your spatula or bench scraper into boiling water, whiping it dry and using that to smooth your icing before it crusts. Then after it crusts try the viva with a fondant smoother.
be sure ALL of the icing has crusted before you start using the viva method, otherwise it will stick to your papertowel
Did you let the icing completely crust before using the Viva? Sometimes I can't get it real smooth until it's completely dry to the touch, if it's even a little sticky it doesn't work well.
Sometimes I also refrigerate the cake a bit before smoothing.
I think for a first cake you guys did great!!!
Keep at it, it does take practice.
Thanks for all the replys!
I did just use my hands. I don't have a fondant smoother but it's def. on the list.
Also, I did have a problem w/ some spots on the sides not being fully crusted and it stuck to the pt. Next time I'll use the hot spatula frist also.
I really do appreciate all the tips!
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I usually allow 15 minutes to crust. Gives me enough time to finish mixing colors or tidy up. I'm becoming great at multi-tasking now!
I have a Michaels about an hour from me but we are up that way a lot. I get their coupons in my emails so I will have to print one out and hit them up the next time I am up that way.
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I don't think it looks bad at all for your first time!!!
I use the fondant smoother over the viva.. THEN use the fondant smoother over a never used piece of computer paper
Thanks! Ya'll are too nice! When I look at the cake all I see are the bumps, but I guess everyone does that to their own work.
The computer paper idea is a good one!
I'm ready to try again but it might be a good idea to wait till this cake is gone..lol!
Get a cake dummy
Saves your hips LOL and lots of wasted cakes
Also, get a metal bench scraper that is 6" long to help you smooth your buttercream and help you get a very even layer. Dip it in boiling water, wipe off, and keep it straight up and down as you get the excess icing off.
You can get a Bash n' Chop metal bench scraper at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $4.99.
I would also suggest the Wilton icer tip. I was skeptical about using but once I did, what a difference it made! It really puts the right amount of icing on your cake and it is easier to smooth it.