Hi everyone, please help i have a buttercream wedding cake for this saturday and i cant get the smoothing rite. I tried the high density foam method but it didnt look rite. Is it my buttercream receipe...what am I doing wrong? I always use the wilton receipe for my BC. Thank you in advance to everyone
Let your icing crust, the take a piece of viva paper towel (yes it has to be viva for no design) Lay it over your crusted cake and take your hand or a fondant smoother and rub the cake smooth.
You usually run into one of two things, you let the icing crust too much and it will start to look cracked when you smooth, or you don't let the cake crust enough and you pull the icing off with the towel.
You should be able to touch your icing without it sticking to your finger.
Edna has a video on you tube that might help you
The Wilton recipe doesn't crust well enough to use the foam roller, at least in my experience. I used to read about it crusting but I never knew what that actually meant until I tried a different recipe. This is the one that I like: http://cakecentral.com/recipes/6992/indydebis-crisco-based-buttercream-icing You can find the Dream Whip powder at the grocery store. It's a little pricey but the taste and how easy to work with the icing is make it worth the cost. It crusts well enough for the foam roller method in about 10 minutes.
Use Indydeb's recipe (the one Texas-Rose is referring to) all the time and it crusts beautifully!
I use a different recipe. I can't find Dream Whip where I live.
I've watched edna's you tube video, it's good.
I use Wilton all the time when I teach their classes and find it crusts very well. Make sure you have the recipe with meringue powder. I also always use the roller. When I do wedding cakes I substitute all butter for the crisco in the same recipe and that works very well too, as long as it's not a really hot day, then I substitute half crisco. If I use all butter I have to put it in the fridge for about 3-4 minutes so it hardens a bit, then I use the roller and it gets as smooth as ever.
Try Indydebi's even I can get smooth buttercream with her receipe .
I use the less sweet buttercream here on CC.
Thanks to everyone for sharing. I will try it