Does anyone else just do buttercream icing on cakes? I want to become more creative, but people I usually bake for only request buttercream. Not sure if they even are familiar with fondant. How can I become more creative without using fondant. Any suggestions are welcome.
rolled buttercream could be something to try out.
offer free ugrades - like extra flowers if they are done in fondant - of course, that costs you money, so you need to weigh it up.
have a look at some of the lambeth style cakes, they are mighty impressive, and care usually done with ri, but could be done with bc.
Thank you! I looked at some of the lambeth style cakes and they are beautiful. This will take some practice, but worth trying. This method is definitely creative.
There's figure piping, brush embroidery, ooooooh, raised or puff embroidery, buttercream transfers...oodles of things to do with buttercream only....
Thank you. I want to take my skills to another level.
Not knowing what your level is now, I didn't know what to suggest so I suggested things that are utilized in every level with buttercream. What's to another level?
Lambeth is definitely a most beautiful technique to use on a cake when done properly (I don't have the patience for it but love it when I see it!). Wouldn't you have to charge a pretty penny for the cakes you use it on?
You could condition your customers to fondant by slowly incorporating elements into the design....letting them know up front, of course.
I plan on trying this one in b/c
All buttercream all the time for me. I have considered trying fondant (I even purchased a bunch of supplies, but have never used them) and have asked my clients their preference, and they always say "no thanks" to the fondant.
I do a lot of freehand art on cakes, so the most important thing to me is to make sure the icing is smooth to give me a perfect canvas.
Expand your ability to make different buttercream flowers. Roland Winbeckler has a great book of all buttercream flowers.
Pattern presses can be used on crusted buttercream for a different texture. Airbrush can add a new dimension
Try different techniques to apply artwork. Brush Embroidery is gorgeous and something I'd like to try. Experiment with different writing styles.
Buttercream is a true art form. Be proud!
All4cake you're right about the lambeth style cake and it would take me alot of practice. My decorating skills are limited because rarely do I go out of my comfort zone. I'm not an artist, but my DH is and if needed he will draw freehand on my cakes. Thanks SugarFrosted I guess I was just stressing because when I look at some of the other cakes on this site I always wonder if I will be able to create such beautiful cakes with only buttercream. Thanks guys for the suggestions I just have to practice on my creativity.