I saw a comment on a picture about using the Viva towel method. I searched but did not find anything explaining what this process is. From what I gathered in the comment it is used to smooth BC. Do you use it wet? how long do you need to let the cake set before smoothing it with the towel?? Please let me know!! I long to have really smooth BC cakes. Thanks!
Hi, you wait until the buttercream crusts, then either using your hand or a fondant smoother (what I use) you gently rub the buttercream to make it smooth. Use the Viva towel dry and rub, if it starts sticking get another towel and keep going
Hi and Welcome to CC, txsteph.
Decoding CC acronyms:
Everything you need to know to bake, assemble and decorate tiered/stacked/layer cakes:
Above thread has popular CC recipes for: crusting American b/c's using either Crisco or hi-ratio shortening, doctored cake mix, and fondant.
Also has baking help and links to illustrated cake support systems with complete directions.
For smoothing b/c, there are also additional methods w/hints and tips.
Here is a tutorial that shows it