Perfectly Smooth Buttercream

Decorating By sweet-treats1975 Updated 28 Aug 2009 , 1:17pm by ShayShay

sweet-treats1975 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:08pm
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I have been wondering how do you get perfectly smooth buttercream. If anyone can help me that would be great!!
Thanks so much

48 replies
ebredhawk Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:21pm
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i 100% recommend sugar shack's DVDs! the "perecting the art of buttercream" one was fantastic and i've watched it several times. the difference in my cakes is remarkable!

bashini Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:23pm
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Hi, there are lots of videos on youtube. You need to have a good buttercream recipe.

Here is a link from youtube,

She had lots of videos there. But you need to find what works best for you!

HTH! icon_smile.gif

grandmom Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:28pm
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ditto the sugarshack DVDs

__Jamie__ Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:42pm
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Yep, gotta start with a good buttercream recipe. One that calls for heating the mixture or some of the ingredients at some point during preparation to melt the sugar granules slightly. Sugarshacks recipe is perfect.

And, if you are a meringue buttercream fanatic like myself, those are awesome too. Along the topic of heating, the granulated sugar in these recipes is cooked, so there is no grit to clump and make your icing funky.

klat7292 Posted 25 Aug 2009 , 9:50pm
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SUGARSHACK, all the way!!! thumbs_up.gif

I had the privilege of being a part of one of classes this past weekend! She is a blast to learn from! I'm waiting on her Topsy Turvy DVD to come in the mail as we speak...I can't wait!! icon_wink.gif

prterrell Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 1:02am
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I use IMBC (it smoothes easier than the ps-shortening icing).
I get it fairly smooth with the spatula and then switch to a thin plastic bowl scraper.

Also, practice, practice, practice. icon_wink.gif

kathi2009 Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 1:57am
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I agree!! Sugarshack's great

sugarMomma Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:09am
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Yes, sugarshack helps a lot!

But in the meanwhile til her DVD arrives, you can smooth using the hot knife method, the Viva paper towel method or the Melvira method. Do a forum topic search under those terms if you are unfamiliar with the methods.

As a new convert to SMBC, I can see how much easier it is to smooth and recommend it over traditional powdered sugar based buttercreams. Can't use Viva or Melvira on it though, it doesn't crust.

madgeowens Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:29am
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i use viva paper towels to smooth it out after it crusts

__Jamie__ Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:38am
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We're talking ultra smooth, like sharp and smooth as glass. Much more involved than the paper towel trick. icon_wink.gif

jimandmollie Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 2:39am
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Try indydebi's buttercream in the recipe section and the Melvira roller method. I have only done 1 all buttercream cake and it worked awesome!

madgeowens Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 3:40am
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I don't know that I ever saw butter cream that looks like glass, you have a pic....

__Jamie__ Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 3:54am
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Sure, any well smoothed cake covered in a meringue based icing is always very shiny. So maybe not quite literally glass, madge, but sans any bubble marks or separated icing from Crisco or undissolved PS. Or for not glassy, but sharp as a razor, take a look at Sugarshacks. Here is a link to her site and her flawless bc cakes.

madgeowens Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 4:03am
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Oh heck, I never compare myself to someone as wonderful as Sugarshack, it would just drive me crazy.........I am just a crummy little nanna home baker lol....I am too lazy to play with meringues etc.....I will leave that to you professionals. I will have to search out this smooth look though, I am curious now

sugarshack Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 5:55am
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the trick to perfctly smooth cakes:

1) practice
2) a smooth recipe in the right consistency
3) practice
4) hot bench scraper
5) practice
6) viva, paper, smoothers
7) practice

and don't forget to practice! icon_smile.gif

here is a thread with some of my tips:

BeeBoos-8599_ Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 12:02pm
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I will have to say that after watching Edna's toutorial on icing a cake I think the problem with most buttercreams (at least mine) is the consistency. Hers was very stiff. I pm'd her and she agreed that having the stiffer consistency was critical so with my tiki cake I stiffened up my BC and the difference was amazing.

sugarshack Posted 26 Aug 2009 , 11:55pm
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I agree with that!

cherryz Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 12:14am
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IMBC n SMBC are smooth... but can anyone share which one stands longer on room temperature without melting???

__Jamie__ Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 12:17am
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Room temperature is fine for any icing. Now, if you're in a room with a/c, that's another story. For generality, IMBC is apparently a more stable icing though.

antonia74 Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:10am
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

I don't know that I ever saw butter cream that looks like glass, you have a pic....

How's this? icon_lol.gif These are all iced in IMBC...

sugarshack Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:18am
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Gorgeous Antonia!

And here is proof it can be done with a good ole all shortenng crusting buttercream!

You CAN make beautiful buttercream cakes! Do not give up!

cherryz Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:35am
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how's this smbc looks...

__Jamie__ Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:36am
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That's what I'm talking about Antonia AND Sharon!! Woo hoo!

cherryz Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:46am
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i can't attach my pic in here on smbc frosting that looks like glass... please view my photos on roses. its glossy... like glass...

alanaj Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 1:55am
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I love you people. Really.
I ordered the entire Sugarshack library and have forced my one year old to watch them with me over the last week. Whatever I miss I'm hoping he'll pick up.
The tips and results are amazing and worth...every...penny.

Djor Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 2:01am
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Sharon you are amazing wow!! thumbs_up.gif

Shelle_75 Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 2:08am
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I'm saving up to order the Sugar Shack DVDs, but until I can get them, the "Melvira Method" has worked wonders for me!

sleeper713 Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 2:35am
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Sugarshack, I have your buttercream DVD and have tried the techniques... so far, the only one that hasn't worked is the computer paper trick. It sticks from the moment I touch it to the icing, even though the Viva I used before it didn't... any ideas? Am I using cheap computer paper? icon_lol.gif

sugarshack Posted 27 Aug 2009 , 2:37am
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no. it is either:

1) you need to wait a bit longer for it to crust
2) your room is really humid
3) your icing is too wet
4) try to dust it with a bit of cornstarch before you use it.


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