Paper Towel = Smooth Icing??!!??

Decorating By Tabithascakes Updated 27 Jul 2010 , 6:30pm by Tabithascakes

Tabithascakes Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 5:42pm
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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

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lsmithbendor Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 5:55pm
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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!

deMuralist Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 5:59pm
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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.

http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method

edited to add:http://cakecentral.com/articles/71/how-to-create-faux-fondant-the-paper-smoothing-towel-method-viva

TexasSugar Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:01pm
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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.

pmarks0 Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:04pm
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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

Tabithascakes Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:30pm
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awesome, i'm going to try this...thank you all soo much!

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