Buttercream - Best Recipe Fool Proof??

Decorating By GARY Updated 3 Feb 2011 , 11:28pm by icer101

GARY Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 9:39pm
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O.k. I've tried them all unsuccessfully! does anyone have a full proof buttercream recipe that always works for smoothing. It seems like all the recipes with butter just don't smooth right for me. any suggestions??-Gina

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metria Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:04pm
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there might not be a magic recipe for you ... best thing is practice, practice, practice!

couple tips:

try different tools (spatulas, scrapers, paint rollers for the Melvira method, etc). you might find something that really helps!

try high-ratio shortening. this is better at absorbing sugar than regular shortening (e.g. Crisco).

invest in Sharon Zambito's dvd: http://www.sugaredproductions.com/_product_85116/buttercream_dvd, or better yet, take a class from her!

leily Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:05pm
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what method are you using for smoothing? Are you currently using an american crusting buttercream or IMBC or SMBC? Each type has a different way to smooth.

Rainyvv Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:14pm
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I am a newbie and since I started using the paddle instead of the whisk and mixing just until combined I have no problems smoothing it. What recipe are you using?

GARY Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:24pm
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I usually use buttercream dream. I've also used crusting cream cheese.
I usually just try to smooth with a off set spatula. I did try the paper towel method w/buttercream dream, but it didn't crust well for me. -Gina

sillywabbitz Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 10:26pm
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I recommend Indydebi's if you are going to use Crisco and SugarShack's recipe if you can get Hi-ratio shortening. I did the math and price wise I think the hi-ration only costs me about $2 more for a double batch and it is sooo worth it. Both of those recipes smooth very well for me but I can't stress enough how valuable the SugarShack DVD - Perfecting the Art of Buttercream actually is. Your cakes will be amazing smooth and her techniques do work with other recipes as well. I rewatch her DVD about once every 2 months so I don't forget all the little details.

GARY Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 11:12pm
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Thanks!! I think I will try to get the sugarshack videos, there's just something I'm not doing right.

GARY Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 11:13pm
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Thanks!! I think I will try to get the sugarshack videos, there's just something I'm not doing right.

icer101 Posted 3 Feb 2011 , 11:28pm
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Hi,also, log on to designmeacake.com(edna) from this sight shows how to ice and smooth a cake. her video is wonderful also. And yes, also invest in sugarshacks dvd. All of them as you can. hth

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