For All Those Who Use The Viva Method

Decorating By MGCmom Updated 16 Mar 2011 , 12:43am by MGCmom

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MGCmom Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 11:52pm
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Hi,
I am in Canada and Viva towel doesn't exist here or anymore, so I'm wondering what about Viva makes it good for smoothing buttercream? Are there any Canadian ladies that know of a good alternative that I can buy here? Thanks!

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AmysCakesNCandies Posted 15 Mar 2011 , 11:53pm
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There is no pattern on the towel that is why it works.

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zespri Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:08am
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We have viva here, but it's patterned. I just use whatever paper towel I have handy, patterned or not. Then use some regular paper (the kind you'd get in a photocopier or a printer) afterwards to smooth out the pattern.

Apparently you can also use baking/parchment paper.

Or try the Melvira technique icon_smile.gif

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sillywabbitz Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:19am
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Viva has more of a cloth texture where other paper towels have pattern impressions in them. Even my plain cheap paper towels have little dots all over them that don't give me a smooth finish.

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KTB4 Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:30am
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I feel your pain. I'm in Canada too and have yet to find a good substitute. Since I live close to the border I have a good friend who regularly crosses to shop. SHe is my Viva towel and strawberry cake mix mule icon_smile.gif (I should get my passport so I can go myself really!)

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CiNoRi Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:36am
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I use regular or gloss copy paper. I found that the Viva towel always made my BC look "fuzzy" to me, the use of paper just looks more clean and smooth.

Good luck!

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MGCmom Posted 16 Mar 2011 , 12:43am
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Thanks for the ideas! I just really want to have perfectly smooth buttercream or as close as I can, but so far I am not that talented with the spatula. icon_sad.gif

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