How To Make Butter Cream Real Smooth On A Cake

Decorating By Bon_Bon Updated 3 Jan 2010 , 9:10pm by janeoxo

Bon_Bon Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 4:43am
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i love working with buttercream way more than fondant because of the taste, however i can never get it quite smooth any tips?? ive tried the wax paper but i dint like it so much

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tonedna Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 5:00am
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This is how I do it



Edna icon_biggrin.gif

MrsNancyB1 Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 5:24am
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I strongly recommend that you invest in Sugarshack's "Perfecting the Art of Buttercream" DVD. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. If you google 'sugar ed productions' you can go to her site and purchase the DVD there.

GL!

madgeowens Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 6:28am
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I asked for that for Christmas.....and we are opening tomorrow hehehehe......eeeh

Texas_Rose Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 6:52am
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Try Melvira's method. You can get the roller and the handle for less than $10 at Home Depot and it's so easy that my husband can do it icon_biggrin.gif
http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method

madgeowens Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 7:17am
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

Try Melvira's method. You can get the roller and the handle for less than $10 at Home Depot and it's so easy that my husband can do it icon_biggrin.gif
http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method




So easy your husband can do it lol.....thats not nice

Texas_Rose Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 7:22am
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Originally Posted by madgeowens



So easy your husband can do it lol.....thats not nice




It's true though...he's usually strictly a member of the tasting committee icon_biggrin.gif but he saw me practicing with the roller and decided it was cool enough to try. He's proud of not having any cooking abilities (says he brings home the bacon so it's my job to fry it up icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ) but he can now smooth a cake just right.

Margieluvstobake Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 8:12am
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I just got the Sugarshack buttercream dvd a couple of weeks ago. I made the penguin cake in my photos after watching it once. It was amazing to me the difference following her method made in how smooth the sides of my cake were. I highly recommend it.

Kims_cakes Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 11:25am
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Hmm, I like working with fondant because I love the final look, but it does take longer. Maybe I should take my Christmas cash and get Perfecting the Art of Buttercream. Thanks for the suggestion! icon_biggrin.gif

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 7:17pm
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

Try Melvira's method. You can get the roller and the handle for less than $10 at Home Depot and it's so easy that my husband can do it icon_biggrin.gif
http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method



So easy your husband can do it lol.....thats not nice



Well if HER'S isn't nice, I'll say this "mine can't do it even WITH Melvira's method..lol..and I'd tell him that to his face and you know what? He'd agree without a second thought! icon_smile.gif

Jeep_girl816 Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 8:28pm
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Put on WAAAY more buttercream that you think you'll need and use your spatula to smooth as you remove excess buttercream. I like to heat mine up using super hot water, then wipe it dry with a paper towel(the spatula, not the buttercream) then use the hot spatula as an iron of sorts. I use non crusting buttercream so the paper towel method and the melvira roller method don't work for me, but if your using just the wilton buttercream recipe those methods might work better for you, worth checking them out. Oh and crumb coating(were you put a thin layer of frosting all over the cake and either put it in the fridge or let it set and crust first before you put on your final, visible, smooth, main layer of frosting) if you're not already, makes a WORLD of difference!! Hope this helps a bit!

indydebi Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 9:22pm
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Originally Posted by Jeep_girl816

Put on WAAAY more buttercream that you think you'll need ....


This is key. I like to use a bench scraper (anything with a large blade) to smooth and remove the excess. Sometimes the bench scraper gets it so smooth I almost don't need to Melvira it (but I always do! Melvira's paint roller is dah BOMB!!!!!)

JustToEatCake Posted 24 Dec 2009 , 10:03pm
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Do any of you use the icing tip?

Jeep_girl816 Posted 25 Dec 2009 , 12:51am
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Originally Posted by JustToEatCake

Do any of you use the icing tip?


I never have. It just seems like one extra step and I'm always crunched for time, just my good ol' off-set spatula and a bowl of butter cream and I'm happyicon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 25 Dec 2009 , 2:01am
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I've never used the big icing tip, BUT ....... !

When doing the 6" cakes (I hate 6" cakes), I've used like a big rose tip or just a bag of icing with the coupler to apply the icing and I'm amazed how fast it was and how easy to ice those stupid little cakes (did I mention I hate doing 6" cakes?). So I can totally see how using the big tip could go really fast. Give the turntable a big turn and squeeze away!

madgeowens Posted 26 Dec 2009 , 4:48am
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I like to use it for chocolate cake to keep the dreaded crumbs away, because I always always lift the darn spatula off the cake and BANG get crumbs grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Tammies_Cakes Posted 28 Dec 2009 , 11:20pm
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Originally Posted by JustToEatCake

Do any of you use the icing tip?




I use it on all my cakes. Personally I couldn't live without it. And I agree with the others the Melvira Method is the way to go thumbs_up.gif
Tammie

pastrychf Posted 3 Jan 2010 , 7:43pm
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I do use the big icing tip, and I love it. It makes icing a big cake go really quickly.

madgeowens Posted 3 Jan 2010 , 8:08pm
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I just tried Melvira's method and omg, it was smooth on top in three seconds!

loulou2 Posted 3 Jan 2010 , 8:28pm
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I use both the cake icer tip & a paint roller-can't do better than that!!

littlejewel Posted 3 Jan 2010 , 8:46pm
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wow, I'm going to try the Melvira method, it looks so easy.

janeoxo Posted 3 Jan 2010 , 9:10pm
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Defo be giving that a go, sounds like a lot of you guys rate it, so got to be worth a try.

Thanks

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