What Am I Doing Wrong With This Fbct

Decorating By lainalee Updated 16 Feb 2011 , 6:43pm by Sam_paggers

lainalee Posted 11 Jan 2011 , 5:24am
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Have only done a couple of these, and even though the design comes out great, my icing does not "flood" together smoothly. Should I be using a thinner icing, a smaller tip, both? I am worried a thinner icing will not set properly.

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madgeowens Posted 11 Jan 2011 , 6:21am
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I think after you turn it out and it is softening a little you can place wax paper on top and very carefully smooth it a bit more,with your finger, I think thats what I did, but its been awhile.....

Corrie76 Posted 11 Jan 2011 , 7:27am
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After the image is set onto the cake, let it soften up and put a viva paper towel over it and smooth it down with a spatula or,what I use, a drywall scraper...you could use your finger but I find mine are too bumpy or something because that makes my image wavy. I would use a medium consistency, crusting buttercream, if you make it thinner-it will really want to stay stuck to that wax paper. HTH

tryingcake Posted 16 Jan 2011 , 4:06am
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Your icing should be soft - a hint softer than you would make for piping vines and lettering.

It will not stick to the paper if it is high butter content.

sugarshack Posted 16 Jan 2011 , 6:05am
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keep the tip buried in the icing and let it flood out, do not pipe lines. HTH

lainalee Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 2:54pm
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Thanks everyone for the tips. Sharon, I think you hit it. It looks like lines to me. Getting ready to try another one this week. I will make the icing much thinner as I was just using your standard "Sugarshack", my all time favorite.

sugarshack Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 6:34pm
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thanks. i dont thin my out. it is just how the tip is buried in the icing as you pipe..... HTH!

Sam_paggers Posted 16 Feb 2011 , 6:43pm
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i did my first FBCT last week and whilst i did use thin lines, i coated the back in red to match my cake top and when spreadnig the back i gently pressed down enough to fill any minor gaps... dont apply to much pressure though or lines will blur!

hope this helps


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