Buttercream Comb Vs Stencil

Decorating By ajwonka Updated 20 Mar 2011 , 6:17pm by ajwonka

ajwonka Posted 19 Mar 2011 , 9:17pm
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I've mostly worked with fondant & piping work but want to try other ways to decorate buttercream. Which is best to begin with: a comb or stencil? Tips for using each? Thanks!

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CWR41 Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 5:51am
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Originally Posted by ajwonka

Which is best to begin with: a comb or stencil? Tips for using each?




It's harder to ice a cake smooth, but using a comb is easier for beginners (as long as you aren't using that cheap plastic Wilton one that falls apart). The triangle-shaped metal ones are good. You don't really need to "practice" using a cake comb... just do it (if you comb off too much icing, just apply a little more with the comb to fix it).

Stencils are a bit trickier and harder to use than cake combs, so I'd recommend practicing first until you get the result you want before doing it on a real cake.

So begin with a comb and progress to a stencil, but the two techniques can't compare because they yield totally different texture results. It's been said that combed cakes are usually done by decorators that can't ice a smooth cake. Stencils can present a more elegant and professional-looking design.

ajwonka Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 6:17pm
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Thanks!

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