I avoiding working with buttercream at all costs. Is there a way to smooth it out so that it looks as smooth as fondont? what do youthink they did in this pic?
It looks like they may have possibly used Sugarshacks buttercream. All of her cakes using her buttercream looksas if it they were covered in fondant. It's really amazing!!!
There is another thread about this. "Problems with Smoothing Buttercream" There are some good tips on it. I tried to copy the link below. But if that doesn't work just search for it and it should come up.
Use the paper towel smoothing method with crusting buttercream
Look at Edna's YouTube video on icing a cake with BC.... the "trick" is to put a lot... a whole lotta of icing.... then you start scraping it off the excess with your scraper.... then smooth with viva towels.... it takes practice.... but once you do it enough times... it will be perfect.... I too use to wonder if I would ever be able to get BC as smooth as fondant... and although at the beginning I wasn't able to.... the more I did it.... the better it got.... my best advice.... don't avoid it... challenge yourself and do it often... that's the only way you will overcome your challenges in this area...
good luck to you
When I want a smooth BC cake I use a crusting type frosting and wait and them use a hot knife with parchment. I lay the parchment over the crusted cake then put a hot knife to smooth....it is mostly about timing. The smoothing must take place not too late but not too early either. Good Luck.
Sorry to intrude on this post. But will sugarshacks buttercream crust over? Or do i need to look for a seperate recipe for crusting buttercream?
the person who uploaded that photo says she uses sugarshack's BC recipe & video...
Any good crusting buttercream will give you a smooth finish if you take your time. I smooth as much as I can with my offset spatula dipped in hot water (then wiped off). After I get it smoothed that way I let it crust, then use the Viva paper towel to finish smoothing and it's shocking how nice and smooth you can get it if you have a good crusting recipe.
yes, my method is similar, I use a hot spatula (I actually wave it over an open flame on my stove) which gets out most flaws, then viva towel method for the final finish
I think they practiced and read a lot