Can't Get My Frosting Smooth?????

Decorating By Cannie Updated 17 Aug 2008 , 8:24pm by tiggy2

Cannie Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 7:58pm
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Help! I've been doing cakes for some time now and everytime someone asks for a cake without some type of design, I can't get my frosting to look smooth. Maybe it is my recipe. Any suggestions????

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JenniferL Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 8:22pm
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What method do you use for smoothing your cakes? Also, what type of frosting do you use?

xstitcher Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 8:23pm
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Are you using a crusting bc recipe? There are several methods you can use for this type of icing ie, paper towel method, melvira method, upside down method etc...

If it is a non-crusting bc (I haven't used this yet) I have read that using a hot spatula/scraper works well.

I have also read that some folks spray warm water 1st and then smooth.

HTH

jibbies Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 8:23pm
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I would love to help but I'm not sure exactly what you mean by everyone asks for a cake without some type of design. Are you smoothing your crusted icing with a paper towel that has a design that leaves imprint marks in the icing and people don't want that? Use the Melvira method here's a link
http://cakecentral.com/article83-Quick--Easy-Smooth-Icing-Using-a-Roller-Melvira-Method.html

Hope this helps.

Jibbies

Bossy Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 8:23pm
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If it's crusting buttercream- after I get the frosting on, I use a very hot , dry spatula for 1st smoothing (sits in water just under temp. for simmer, then dry and smooth one swipe and return to water, repeat). For final smooth I usually use wax paper and a spatula and or fondant smoother. Just lay the wax paper on the crusted frosting rub smooth. You can move a slight amount af frosting around to fill grooves and dimples this way. There are also threads for using Viva paper towels and a dense foam roller. One of the more experienced CC users can probalby get you a link tot the treads.

JanH Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 9:29pm
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Hi and Welcome on your 1st post, Cannie. icon_smile.gif

Everything you ever wanted to know about making your 1st tiered cake:
(Has recipes and smoothing help for b/c and so much more.)

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-5958955-.html

New link to Wilton revised cake help:

http://www.wilton.com/cakes/

How to cut neat slices of tiered cakes by indydebi:

http://tinyurl.com/5gxsqf

HTH

Cannie Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 10:25pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jibbies

I would love to help but I'm not sure exactly what you mean by everyone asks for a cake without some type of design. Are you smoothing your crusted icing with a paper towel that has a design that leaves imprint marks in the icing and people don't want that? Use the Melvira method here's a link
http://cakecentral.com/article83-Quick--Easy-Smooth-Icing-Using-a-Roller-Melvira-Method.html

Hope this helps.

Jibbies




What I mean by when someone wants a plain cake, (w/o basket weave, cornelli lace, etc) I have a hard time getting the frosting smooth. Does that help explain a little better? And as for what kind of frosting I have, I'm pretty sure it's not crusted icing. Do you have a good recipe?

Cannie Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 10:28pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JenniferL

What method do you use for smoothing your cakes? Also, what type of frosting do you use?




I use a spatula for smoothing. Also, I'm pretty sure my frosting is not crusted frosting.

xstitcher Posted 16 Aug 2008 , 10:39pm
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There are several crusting buttercream icings recipes in the recipes section of this site you could try. I'm still trying to find "the" perfect one that all my kids like icon_smile.gif .

Letting the icing crust means icing the cake and waiting just long enough so the icing doesn't stick to whatever you are using to smooth it. The length of time will depend on the recipe you use. Mine usually takes from between 10-15 min.

If it is the non-crusting kind then try using a hot spatula. Either have a bowl of hot water (nearly boiling) beside you and dip the spatula/scraper in it and wipe of the water with a paper towel and then smooth the icing with the warm spatula. You want to do this repeatedly until your icing is smooth.

If it is the crusting kind (and you can check for a recipe here on-line) then you can use several methods. If you don't mind a pattern from a paper towel than that would probably be the easiest (you can also buy Viva, which apparently does not have a pattern). You could also use clean computer paper, wax or parchement paper as well. You put this on your icing and gently smooth out all of the imperfections by either using your palm or a fondant smoother, a roller or something similiar.

HTH!

There are a lot of threads here that you could do a search on to find how others smooth there icing. Just click on the search tab and enter something like smoothing icing etc.


Good Luck and feel free to ask anymore ?'s and welcome to CC! icon_smile.gif

JanH Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 12:45am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JanH

Hi and Welcome on your 1st post, Cannie. icon_smile.gif
Everything you ever wanted to know about making your 1st tiered cake:
(Has recipes and smoothing help for b/c and so much more.)

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-5958955-.html




Faux Fondant (Viva paper towel method):

http://www.cakecentral.com/art.....-Viva.html

Melvira (foam roller method):

http://forum.cakecentral.com/c.....7753-.html

How to professionally ice a cake:

http://forum.cakecentral.com/c.....2411-.html

My favorite b/c is cakemanOH's hi-ratio Brite White recipe:
(Lost my source for icing base, but puzzlegut makes it without all the time.)

http://www.cakecentral.com/cak.....Icing.html

Sugarshack's hi-ratio icing recipe and Tips:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cak.....-Tips.html

Everything you ever wanted to know about hi-ratio shortening:

http://forum.cakecentral.com/c.....9731-.html

Popular Crisco based b/c recipes:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cak.....cream.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cak.....Icing.html

HTH

xstitcher Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 4:45am
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What would we do without Jan!!!!

She's like a superhero coming to our rescue once again!!!! icon_razz.gificon_razz.gif

tiggy2 Posted 17 Aug 2008 , 8:24pm
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Order sugarshack's dvd on smoothing bc it will be the best money you have ever spent. Her recipe and indydebi's recipe are the best I have found. Sugarshack takes you step by step and you can't go wrong.

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