Trouble Edges

Decorating By JuneHawk Updated 25 Aug 2009 , 3:58am by stampinron

JuneHawk Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 8:36pm
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This isn't so much a disaster as it is a nuisance. No matter how much I try to smooth the edges of the my cakes they always bulge. I have attached a picture so you see what i'm talking about. If I smooth the sides, the bulge goes to the top, if I smooth the top then the bulge goes to the sides. I don't know what I'm doing wrong and this is bother me! Many times it's no big deal because it gets covered with a border but it still bothers me.

This is how I ice the cakes. I use the large icing tip and cover the tops and sides of the cake. Then, using a spatula, I even the icing out and smooth it as much as I can. I then let the cake rest until the buttercream crusts and smooth it out using a Viva paper towel and a fondant smoother.

Do you see anything flawed in my process? Any tips or tricks to get the dang edges sharp, or at lest not bulging? I will be forever thankful!!!

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crl Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 8:46pm
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I'm not sure what your smoothing process is, but you could try smoothing the sides of your cake first and then taking an offset spatula and "scraping" the icing from the edge of the cake to the center on the top to get the excess icing off. Then smooth the top. Does that make sense? It may help lessen the bulging problem.

JuneHawk Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 9:28pm
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Thanks.

When I apply the icing with the icing tip I apply a strip of buttercream on the edge of the top and I let half of it hang down to the side to cover that up. Perhaps this is where I'm going wrong.

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 9:35pm
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Originally Posted by crl

I'm not sure what your smoothing process is, but you could try smoothing the sides of your cake first and then taking an offset spatula and "scraping" the icing from the edge of the cake to the center on the top to get the excess icing off. Then smooth the top. Does that make sense? It may help lessen the bulging problem.




Yes. This. You want to put on more than you need, and remove to get smooth, not fight what it is on there, and hope to get it even and smooth.

DianeLM Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 9:51pm
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I sometimes have to clean up that edge twice. First, after I hot knife the sides. Then, again, after I smooth with Viva, if I get that little 'ledge'. Just take your small spatula and push toward the center. If icing builds up in the center, scrape that off, too. I hate buttercream. LOL

ZlatkaT Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 9:56pm
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I know what you are dealing with, been there too...what really helped me was watching Edna's video tutorial, and then my cakes looks way better.


adree313 Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 10:36pm
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i know this is off topic, but i was wondering what color (&brand) you used to color that icing?

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 10:40pm
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Looks airbrushed...yes?

Beautiful color though!

I'm telling ya, if you want to perfect your smoothing and get even edges, invest in a Sugarshack DVD. Best DVD I ever bought for cake-ing.

adree313 Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 10:59pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

Looks airbrushed...yes?

Beautiful color though!

I'm telling ya, if you want to perfect your smoothing and get even edges, invest in a Sugarshack DVD. Best DVD I ever bought for cake-ing.




which dvd would you recommend most? i know sugarshack has quite a few. i want all of them... then again, i'd like the money to buy all of them, too icon_biggrin.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 11:00pm
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Perfecting the Art of Buttercream and Successful Stacking were awesome when I was trying to figure out this cake stuff....Flawless Fondant I may still get, but I think I've already got that figured out pretty well. icon_wink.gif

adree313 Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 11:07pm
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i'd say so! your cakes are gorgeous! thanks for the tip. i'll be looking into these for sure.

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 11:21pm
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Thank you! Yeah, here DVD's are awesome. I want the boxes and bows and topsy turvy too. I'm saving for a car though, as easy as it is to justify cake toys, I gotta show some restraint! icon_biggrin.gif

adree313 Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 11:38pm
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who you tellin?!?! haha

kakedreamer1212 Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 11:58pm
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I also have the same problem with the bulging icing on the edge. I ice my cakes the same except I dont use the Viva papertowel to smooth. I use the high density foam roller but i've tried using the spatula to pull the icing in toward the center but when I smooth it again, the edges just return again. This also drives ME nuts!!!!

JuneHawk Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 12:39am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adree313

i know this is off topic, but i was wondering what color (&brand) you used to color that icing?




I started out with Americolor Electric blue then added small amounts of Wilton Kelly Green and Royal Blue.

No, it isn't airbrushed.

JuneHawk Posted 15 Aug 2009 , 12:41am
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Thanks for the recs, I will definitely look into the DVDs. Glad to hear I'm not alone!

buggus Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 2:04am
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Originally Posted by ZlatkaT

I know what you are dealing with, been there too...what really helped me was watching Edna's video tutorial, and then my cakes looks way better.



thanks for posting this, she made is look so easy!! Now, if only I could get some Viva paper towels!

xstitcher Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 7:54am
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Originally Posted by buggus

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Originally Posted by ZlatkaT

I know what you are dealing with, been there too...what really helped me was watching Edna's video tutorial, and then my cakes looks way better.



thanks for posting this, she made is look so easy!! Now, if only I could get some Viva paper towels!




They don't have it in Canada unless they started carrying them in the last year, it is a Kleenex brand but when I was there last they still didn't have them. You can use a clean sheet of computer paper or even parchment paper instead. I ended up using the comp. paper myself when I was still there.

buggus Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 2:59pm
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Originally Posted by buggus

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Originally Posted by ZlatkaT

I know what you are dealing with, been there too...what really helped me was watching Edna's video tutorial, and then my cakes looks way better.



thanks for posting this, she made is look so easy!! Now, if only I could get some Viva paper towels!



They don't have it in Canada unless they started carrying them in the last year, it is a Kleenex brand but when I was there last they still didn't have them. You can use a clean sheet of computer paper or even parchment paper instead. I ended up using the comp. paper myself when I was still there.


They might be at Walmart, I'm going to check today

BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 6:49pm
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Ok, I have never watched one of Edna's videos and I was shocked to see what a hottie this woman is! Why did I expect a older woman? If my hubby sees this he is going to be wanting private lessons. lol Thanks for posting it.

OregonCakeLady Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 8:35pm
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Oh my gosh. Jamie I love your profile pic. The sicle and hammer in the obama symbol. I bursted out laughing when I saw that. Glad to know that there are still people paying attention to reality icon_wink.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 8:56pm
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buggus Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 11:42pm
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Originally Posted by BeeBoos-8599_

Ok, I have never watched one of Edna's videos and I was shocked to see what a hottie this woman is! Why did I expect a older woman? If my hubby sees this he is going to be wanting private lessons. lol Thanks for posting it.


lol, this made me burst out. I agree, when I opened the video I was stunned to see this very attractive woman!

xstitcher Posted 16 Aug 2009 , 11:44pm
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She's gorgeous, talented and a sweetie, what more could you ask for?

gracie07 Posted 17 Aug 2009 , 3:41pm
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Can i ask what BC recipe you used. I have that same problem with the top, but my sides always bulge too. The side of your cake is flawless, and that is one thing I am dying to get fixed with my cakes.

JoJo0855 Posted 17 Aug 2009 , 4:07pm
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Why VIVA towels and not Bounty or other popular brand?

JoJo0855 Posted 17 Aug 2009 , 4:10pm
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Why VIVA towels and not Bounty or other popular brand?

gracie07 Posted 17 Aug 2009 , 4:11pm
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Viva doesn't have any patterns on it, and so it makes the cakes completely smooth whereas the other paper towels would leave a print.

xstitcher Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 2:36am
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You can use any paper towel you like but if you do not want the pattern embossed onto your icing than the viva paper towel or computer paper etc. would be your best choices. I've done it with other paper towels intentionally when I wanted the design on the icing though.

sugarshack Posted 18 Aug 2009 , 4:11am
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the stiffer you can make your icing and still work with it, the better your top edges will be.

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