How Do I Make Buttercream Swags?

Decorating By charleezgal Updated 27 Nov 2009 , 3:07am by lngo

charleezgal Posted 25 Nov 2009 , 11:47pm
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I'm making a cake that requires swags around the cake. It's all buttercream. Any links or video help here?

Thanks a bunch.

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brincess_b Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 10:38am
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i think that popular opinion is that you are best to do swags in fondant, you cant get the look in bc.
xx

leah_s Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 2:55pm
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maybe a picture would help. In the "olden days" we did "swags" by just piping icing onto the side of the cake, and those were called swags also. These days, swag has a new meaning.

icer101 Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 3:07pm
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if your cake is buttercream.. i do suggest buttercream swags.. not fondant.. you can make beautiful swags using buttercream.. hth i am sure there is someone on youtube showing how to make buttercream swags.. they show everything else.. ha! it is still used today.. not just in the old days.. ha! not everyone wants fondant cakes.. so .. us decorators need to know it all... hth

indydebi Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 11:28pm
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Definitely a pic will help. Here's a pic of what I think of when someone says "swags" because when I learned to decorate a cake, this is what a swag was: http://www.omahaweddingcakegallery.com/images/traditional/Swags-of-Blue.jpg

The fondant "swags" are what I call "draping".

sweetcravings Posted 26 Nov 2009 , 11:47pm
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Yup, you can do swags in buttercream..i have.lol
I first marked how far apart and how long i wanted my swags to be on the cake with a little toothpick or you can use a dividing tool. The just pick a tip and go to town. I've done ruffle swags that look pretty. Or you can use a star tip..If you have a wilton book look at the back they describe how to make a few. HTH

all4cake Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 12:00am
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ramacakes redirected my thoughts that some things could only be done in fondant back to thinking most anything can be done with buttercream when this image was shared...

he/she states the effect was "simply" done using paper towels...

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1505855

icer101 Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 12:49am
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indydebi"s pic is right.. buttercream swags.. still popular today.. swags are swags.. no matter if fondant or buttercream.. drapes.. are using fondant lenth wise with little pleating and drape down your tiers.. on satinice.com.. colette peters show how to make drapes and swags, etc. with fondant. hth

all4cake Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 1:50am
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There is a photo on CC that shows SWAGS done using the same technique...I'm still looking for it...

charleezgal Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 1:55am
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As usual Indy, you are right on with what I was saying. I rarely do anything with fondant. I just wasn't sure how to get that effect with buttercream. Do you want your buttercream a little thicker to build up, or a little thinner to glide?

Do you have a couple of favorite tips you like to use to do swags? I have the Wilton garland marker, but not sure how to get that look.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

sweetcravings Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 1:55am
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Originally Posted by all4cake

ramacakes redirected my thoughts that some things could only be done in fondant back to thinking most anything can be done with buttercream when this image was shared...

he/she states the effect was "simply" done using paper towels...

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1505855




icon_eek.gif OMG..that is the most amazing cake! I dunno how i missed that one.lol Thanks for directing us to it.

charleezgal Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:05am
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Originally Posted by all4cake

There is a photo on CC that shows SWAGS done using the same technique...I'm still looking for it...




Are you referring to the paper towel effect from the pic? I would love to see that too. The pic that Indydebi linked is exactly what I was asking about.

Please post it when you find it. I have been all over CC, and youtube but haven't found anything.

kakeladi Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:25am
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Roma is the only one I know of who does that technique. I'm sure some others have tried it but she is known for it icon_smile.gif

madgeowens Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 2:27am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by all4cake

ramacakes redirected my thoughts that some things could only be done in fondant back to thinking most anything can be done with buttercream when this image was shared...

he/she states the effect was "simply" done using paper towels...

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1505855




PMG that cake is amazing

lngo Posted 27 Nov 2009 , 3:07am
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Tonedna did something similar too. The talent you find here just amazes me.

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1230752

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