well maybe you are all using it already but i found out of necessity that WAX PAPER works great for smoothing buttercream frosting!. I like that even if the frosting is not 100% crusted it doesn't stick to it, and also that because is clear you can see the areas underneath that need more smoothing.
I thought I'll pass the info along.
parchment paper is better
Hey great idea. I'll have to try it.
thanks for the tip!
wow... i was just thinking the other day. what would happen if i use parchment paper to smooth the cake . so i'm happy to see this forum. thanx for the info.
I bet parchment works great too! Didn't have any either that's why i discovered the wax paper. Good thing i had that if not we'll be talking about using toilet paper to smooth cakes!
LOL!!! Vagostino, ur funny!!! Yes, parchment paper is a very good alternative too...in case you run out of wax paper.
One of my class mates in our Wilton class showed us the parchment paper trick. I'd almost forgotten about it!
Wilton classes is where I first learned about using parchment paper. But I have to do a cake this weekend and I think I'm gonna give the wax paper a try. Thanks!
I think I may try the was paper also. it is cheaper than parchment
Viva is good but wax paper is better. I always get fuzzy stuff on my cake from the Viva.
I have never had any success with any of these smoothing methods... am I pressing too hard? I usually use a spatula dipped in boiling water, and it does a great job but it takes a long time to get the whole cake done. I'm all for a simpler, faster method!
You have to really let it crust first. Then lightly do the above methods.
Wax paper is cheaper in the short run, but not the long run. Since it is basically wax coated tissue, it tears easier, wrinkles like mad, and softens as you use it, which will all effect your work.
Parchment is silicone coated tissue, and while it is more expensive at the market, it wrinkles less, holds up to abuse, and stays stiff. If your icing has crusted enough, you can even use one piece repeatedly.
I use wax paper when I cut out templates to airbrush stuff on my cakes because it sticks really well to the frosting (not letting any color under the edges) but it doesn't STICK to the frosting!!! lol I use the melvira method (paint roller) couldn't do it any other way now!!!!
No thanks, I'll stick to my paint roller. It's the best thing I've tried yet.
I have used all of these methods mentioned. Last week I bought a 4" foam roller from walmart and tried the Melvira Method. All I can say is "thank you Melvira". Her method saves a lot of time and it smoothes your cake beautifully. try the Melvira Method, you'll be glad you did.
Great tips! And here I've been going out to buy Viva when I have both parchment and wax paper at home, coming out my ears! Thanks for sharing as always!!
I've always used the parchment paper in lieu of the Viva paper towels -- the Viva towels look rather fuzzy to me...
Melvira Method? Are you using a regular foam paint roller?
I haven't tried the Melvira Method yet -- but I hear that it's good as well.
GlendaleAZ -- the Melvira Method is a way of smoothing cakes. If you go to the home page... scroll down and you will see it's one of the tutorials listed there. And I'm pretty sure that it's a high density foam roller. But if you go look at the tutorial...she will tell you for sure.
Goodluck! Let us know how it turns out!!
I've always used Wax Paper or Parchment paper (I prefer Wax paper as it bends around the cakes better), but neither one is without its drawbacks. I will try the foam roller method next time. Hopefully that method will work best for me to achieve a really smooth cake.
my Wilton instructor pulled out a parchment triangle at class and smoothed with that. She said it works better than anything and she carries a box of them with her in case a cake needs to be repaired after transporting.