Ok so im not the best at smoothing icing on cakes...which i why i've leaned towards fondant cakes (much easier for me) but i'm getting kinda bored of MMF cakes and i recently did a whipped buttercreme cake it was very VERY yummy but not smooth and i watch some videos and every one was using paper towels to smooth out the icing! does this actually work or is there a "better" way? TY
I'm certainly not the most experienced here, but I'll chime in...I use Viva (they don't have an embossed pattern) to smooth my buttercream...I ice the cake, get it as smooth as I can with my spatula or whatever I'm using, then let the buttercream crust for 15 minutes, then use the viva towels just like on YouTube...which is where I got the technique too, LOL. It takes a lil practice, but can help make your buttercream look much smoother!
It has to be Viva (they have no texture), your buttercream has to be crusted, and it works better if you smooth first with a roller or straight trowel.
edited to add:http://cakecentral.com/articles/71/how-to-create-faux-fondant-the-paper-smoothing-towel-method-viva
Yes it actually works but you have to have a crusting icing. Which means after about 5-15 mins you can touch your icing and it does not stick to your finger. The outside of the icing forms a soft crust.
You can also smooth using the hot knife method. This works for non-crusting as well. You warm a spatula in hot water then use that to smooth the cake.
I've not used the paper towels yet as the Viva towels aren't available in Canada. But Melvira wrote a great post on using both a high density roller (whch I've been using) and the paper towel. What I do now, and I my cakes are the smoothest they've ever been, is I use the high density roller and then I use computer paper with a fondant smoother. The important thing to remember is that it needs to be crusting buttercream.
Check on this link for info on the Melvira method, http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method
awesome, i'm going to try this...thank you all soo much!