Textured Frosting

Decorating By tifmonster Updated 4 Feb 2011 , 12:55am by gscout73

tifmonster Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 5:16pm
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Ok, this may seem horribly simple, but I guess I don't know the right terms to search when looking for a how-to on this.

I want to learn how to create a simple textured look like on this cake:

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What kind of frosting do I use to get this look? Will buttercream work, or only whipped? Are there any tutorials?

Do I just use a spatula and see how it looks, then add accents? It seemed so perfect and beautiful when I saw it.. but maybe it's easy and I'm just making it hard?

Thank you all!

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dmo4ab Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 5:35pm
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Can you try to repost the pic or link? It's not showing up.

jewels710 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 6:18pm
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Regular Buttercream will work just fine.
Use your rounded end frosting spatula and some practice.
It is easier than you think.

tobycat Posted 2 Feb 2011 , 5:29am
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Yup, just practice using your rounded spatula knife - a medium to small blade. The nice thing is that it's really hard to mess this one up! icon_smile.gif

joycesdaughter111 Posted 2 Feb 2011 , 5:43am
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You could also try using the back of a spoon to create the texture, slightly overlapping each stroke.

gscout73 Posted 2 Feb 2011 , 9:40am
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Maybe I'm missing something. But it looks to me as though the frosting is simply spread on the cake and just not smoothed out. I don't see any special texture. If you wanted something more deliberate looking, yes a large spoon would give you the look you see on boxes of cake mix and the pre-made icing tubs in stores. That kind of curl or swirl look. But to me this looks more random.

tifmonster Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 6:16pm
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Thank you, and I'm sorry, I guess it was that simple.

I was all confused when she brought it over, because it looked amazing, and wasn't smooth at all. I'm used to trying to get mine perfectly smooth, I guess I've never really played with the idea of just throwing it on! Thanks again for your help, I'll play around next time I make a cake...

I should note, that I am not great with icing, way better with fondant, haha!

cheatize Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:06pm
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My Betty Crocker cookbook from the '50's says to use the back of a spoon. I'd make sure the icing was plenty soft so it would swoosh around.

gscout73 Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 11:18pm
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Originally Posted by tifmonster

I should note, that I am not great with icing, way better with fondant, haha!




That is exactly why most BC decorators move to fondant. Roll it out, lay it and smooth/press. And it's smooth as satin. Many who make the move to fondant never go back. I personally like both.

Unlimited Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 11:52pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by gscout73

That is exactly why most BC decorators move to fondant. Roll it out, lay it and smooth/press. And it's smooth as satin. Many who make the move to fondant never go back. I personally like both.




icon_confused.gif I don't know any BC decorators that moved to fondantthey might have dabbled, experimented, etc. and discovered that it's too time consuming; too much rolling, lifting, smoothing, while BC is quick and easy. If the BC is smooth to begin with, it's easy to get a smooth-as-satin finish without using all of the other smoothing techniques.

A lot of BC decorators would agree that "everyone's a decorator" with the use of playdoh-fondant, cutters, and cricuts, and that it takes a more creative talent to be able to pipe the old fashioned way.

I see some advantages with bothmore realistic with fondant in some cases, but you can't make a shell border very easily with it!!!!!

gscout73 Posted 4 Feb 2011 , 12:54am
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Oh, i've seen posts were some have said they'd never go back. But you are so right about the shell border icon_lol.gif

gscout73 Posted 4 Feb 2011 , 12:55am
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Oh, i've seen posts were some have said they'd never go back. But you are so right about the shell border icon_lol.gif

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