How Do You Make Buttercream Really Smooth Looking

Decorating By kathy777 Updated 12 Aug 2008 , 1:36pm by mamacc

kathy777 Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:35pm
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i use a buttercream that doesnt crust well. And this is what she wants .. But with that said i know i can't use a paper towel... But i did see a video with someone ussing a putty knife.. Do you think thats a good idea and how many of you have used it?

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CoutureCakeCreations Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:51pm
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Use a dry spatula that has been warmed with HOT water.
That will do it for you!

saap1204 Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:52pm
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I recently did my daughter's birthday cake using a putty/joint knife. However, I used a crusting buttercream and it worked very well (not perfectly but that's me, LOL). I would try it or try putting a spatula in hot water, dry it off and quickly try smoothing.

TC123 Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:55pm
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Hi. I have used the dry hot spatula often and it works really really well. Also ~ Sugarshack's DVD on perfecting buttercream gives a flawless finish. (It's a series of steps. I don't know how much time you have before you have to complete this project.) HTH! icon_smile.gif

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leannsloan Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 12:59pm
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Sugarshack has a wonderful dvd on perfecting the art of buttercream I just got mine and it is so worth it you can get yours at I hope this helps it sure helped me

1234me Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 1:23pm
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lots and lots of prayer icon_smile.gif just kidding but it never hurts to try!

CoutureCakeCreations Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 1:29pm
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One more tip. If you get a good chill on the cake, you may be able to use the paper towel. Just get the icing really cold.

mamacc Posted 12 Aug 2008 , 1:36pm
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Everyone has their favorite way... I like to first get the cake even and fairly smooth. Then I spray it with a hot water bottle and smooth with a bowl scraper. I like the bowl scraper b/c it has some give to it so it doesn't leave marks on the cake when you are smoothing.

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