Getting Your Frosting Smooth

Decorating By lkoenig07 Updated 27 Sep 2008 , 1:35am by tracey1970

lkoenig07 Posted 25 Sep 2008 , 3:16pm
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Hi there,
I was wondering what everyone does to get their frosting smooth. It seems that no matter how hard I try, I still have lines in my frosting & can't get it perfectly smooth. Any ideas or tips?

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KHalstead Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:08pm
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melvira method.........once you try that you will never go back!!!!!

http://cakecentral.com/article83-Quick--Easy-Smooth-Icing-Using-a-Roller-Melvira-Method.html

tiggy2 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 8:23pm
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Also sugarshcak's "Mastering the Art of Butter Cream" DVD. It will be the best money you have ever spent www.sugaredproductions.com

superstar Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:00pm
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I use Mevira's method a lot, but I have just received Sharon's DVD (sugarshack) & it is wonderful, well worth the money.

kakeladi Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:01pm
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SeriousCakes has a good video on utube....there is another thread on "How To" forum board w/a link.

terrier Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:06pm
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Mud knife from the hardware store... the best 15$ spent on any tool!

indydebi Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:18pm
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melvira all the way. KHalstead is right.... you'll never go back to any other method.

bobwonderbuns Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:22pm
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I like Sugarshack's technique and Melvira's technique. Both work for me! icon_biggrin.gif

nickshalfpint Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:25pm
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Here is the link to seriouscakes video


msulli10 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:38pm
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I think all these methods work great IF you have the correct consistency for your buttercream. That's the first step to getting smooth icing!!

Michele01 Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:42pm
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I fill up my crock pot with water and put on high. I then constantly have hot water next to me to dip my spatula in. After I dip the spatula in the hot water for a second, I quickly wipe the water off with a towel and use it on the cake. It's like ironing out the wrinkles. icon_biggrin.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 9:44pm
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Yep, Melvira method and a spatula from the hardware store...hands down! I am actually making a cake tonight JUST to practice those very techniques...love the Melvira method! Don't forget though, get the foam roller that has NO texture! Home Depot had perfect ones, and in several sizes, usually two heads in a package, and you buy the handle thingy separately.

I also crumb coat, and try to get perfect with that coat before chilling, and then ice again to get the crust, and roll away!

cylstrial Posted 26 Sep 2008 , 10:19pm
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I'm excited to try the Melvira method. I've never heard of it before. And thanks for the youtube link as well.

tracey1970 Posted 27 Sep 2008 , 1:35am
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I also love he Melvira method. I tried the hot spatula, and it worked for me, but only to a point. I use butter and shortening in my BC. I found that the spatula worked for smoothing only for a time, and then it seemed to cause problems. After maybe 30 minutes of that, it would make wrinkles in the icing - not sure if it was melting the butter, causing it to separate, I don't know. I do still use that method, but Melvira always works.

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