mrsmudrash Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 2:45pm
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I've had a few requests on my blog for how to do the upside down frosting technique...so, I made a video! This is my first video, so be nice! icon_smile.gif

There used to be one on youtube, but it's not there anymore. And can I say, whoever invented this technique for getting smoooooth buttercream and sharp corners is a genius! - I use it all the time!!! I hope you find this useful! icon_smile.gif

http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/video-tutorial-upside-down-frosting.html

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HappyCake10609 Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 3:14pm
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Great Tutorial! I haven't used this technique yet, despite my curiosity... but I think I will give it a try after seeing a video demonstration!

Can I ask what buttercream recipe you use? When I don't use SMBC, my ABC is shortening based... although I might still try it, but chill the cake in the freezer (I've heard it works that way)...

Thank you so much for sharing icon_smile.gif

CakesByBabycakes Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 3:16pm
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Thank you for posting the video!! I have added it as a favorite!! thumbs_up.gif

HobbyCaker Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 3:22pm
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Wonderful video! Thanks for sharing, definately want to give this a try.

mrsmudrash Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 3:44pm
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Originally Posted by HappyCake10609

Great Tutorial! I haven't used this technique yet, despite my curiosity... but I think I will give it a try after seeing a video demonstration!

Can I ask what buttercream recipe you use? When I don't use SMBC, my ABC is shortening based... although I might still try it, but chill the cake in the freezer (I've heard it works that way)...

Thank you so much for sharing icon_smile.gif




You can try freezing a shortening based butter cream...that probably would work! I use SMBC or a whipped butter buttercream. It just needs to harden so you can flip the cake over and peel off the wax paper. The cake needs to be solid...so, freezing would be a great option! - it would just take longer.

GarciaGM Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 3:57pm
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Great video!! It just occurred to me this week that I had seen this technique before and needed to give it another look. Perfect timing!! Thanks for posting and for sharing your awesome work!!

jjkarm Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 4:44pm
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I've seen this technique a couple of times before but never had the nerve to try. It just seems too risky and things could go terribly wrong! However, doing this technique ensures a flat top. Great video, it looks so easy.... maybe I'll attempt it this time? Wish me luck! thumbs_up.gif

Charmed Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 5:19pm
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thanks so much. love your blog.

lyndim Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 5:26pm
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Thanks for sharing! I will surely give this a try!

mrsmudrash Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by jjkarm

I've seen this technique a couple of times before but never had the nerve to try. It just seems too risky and things could go terribly wrong! However, doing this technique ensures a flat top. Great video, it looks so easy.... maybe I'll attempt it this time? Wish me luck! thumbs_up.gif




It is super easy!!!!!! You can do it! icon_smile.gif

Jeff_Arnett Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 8:26pm
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Originally Posted by mrsmudrash

I've had a few requests on my blog for how to do the upside down frosting technique...so, I made a video! This is my first video, so be nice! icon_smile.gif

There used to be one on youtube, but it's not there anymore. And can I say, whoever invented this technique for getting smoooooth buttercream and sharp corners is a genius! - I use it all the time!!! I hope you find this useful! icon_smile.gif

http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/video-tutorial-upside-down-frosting.html


Thank you! That was me! It has been years now....didn't know anyone still used it! One thing I did change was to use plastic coated freezer paper instead of parchment as I originally did....no wrinkles and it releases very cleanly!

mrsmudrash Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 8:41pm
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Originally Posted by Jeff_Arnett

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Originally Posted by mrsmudrash

I've had a few requests on my blog for how to do the upside down frosting technique...so, I made a video! This is my first video, so be nice! icon_smile.gif

There used to be one on youtube, but it's not there anymore. And can I say, whoever invented this technique for getting smoooooth buttercream and sharp corners is a genius! - I use it all the time!!! I hope you find this useful! icon_smile.gif

http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/video-tutorial-upside-down-frosting.html

Thank you! That was me! It has been years now....didn't know anyone still used it! One thing I did change was to use plastic coated freezer paper instead of parchment as I originally did....no wrinkles and it releases very cleanly!




I bow down!!!!!!!! I use it ALL the time!! I'm not a professional baker who has hundreds of cakes up her sleeves! - so this is the BEST cheater method for getting smooth straight sides and sharp corners!! Thanks soo much for "inventing" it!!!! icon_biggrin.gif

solascakes Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 9:17pm

Ohhh thanks a lot.

Darlin123 Posted 5 Jun 2011 , 9:50pm

I just love this video!!! you did a great great job!!! You are now officially a TV STAR!!!!! This makes such sence to me. I am doing to try it out. Thanks so very much!!

CalhounsCakery Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 1:03am
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Originally Posted by HappyCake10609

Great Tutorial! I haven't used this technique yet, despite my curiosity... but I think I will give it a try after seeing a video demonstration!

Can I ask what buttercream recipe you use? When I don't use SMBC, my ABC is shortening based... although I might still try it, but chill the cake in the freezer (I've heard it works that way)...

Thank you so much for sharing icon_smile.gif




I've taken my shortning based crusting buttercream, and just replaced the shortning with butter. Works great, and the taste is phenomenal!

bobwonderbuns Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 1:19am

Thank you for sharing that!! icon_biggrin.gif

Kaykaymay Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 1:25am

I've always thought this was a smart technique but never had the guts to try it but your video gave me the extra confidence. You did good girl!!! Thanks for sharing!

Jeff_Arnett Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 3:12am
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Originally Posted by mrsmudrash

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Originally Posted by Jeff_Arnett

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Originally Posted by mrsmudrash

I've had a few requests on my blog for how to do the upside down frosting technique...so, I made a video! This is my first video, so be nice! icon_smile.gif

There used to be one on youtube, but it's not there anymore. And can I say, whoever invented this technique for getting smoooooth buttercream and sharp corners is a genius! - I use it all the time!!! I hope you find this useful! icon_smile.gif

http://jessicakesblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/video-tutorial-upside-down-frosting.html

Thank you! That was me! It has been years now....didn't know anyone still used it! One thing I did change was to use plastic coated freezer paper instead of parchment as I originally did....no wrinkles and it releases very cleanly!



I bow down!!!!!!!! I use it ALL the time!! I'm not a professional baker who has hundreds of cakes up her sleeves! - so this is the BEST cheater method for getting smooth straight sides and sharp corners!! Thanks soo much for "inventing" it!!!! icon_biggrin.gif


Funny....I was just sitting around one day thinking of a way to get that super sharp top edge and the idea of somehow making a sheet of icing to place on top keep coming to mind....then it hit me....spread the icing on some parchment, then ice the cake and flip over to get that sharp edge and.....viola.....upside down was born!

bobwonderbuns Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 3:19am

Now y'all have me intrigued!! I'll have to try this new method!! icon_biggrin.gif

Jeff_Arnett Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 3:57am
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Now y'all have me intrigued!! I'll have to try this new method!! icon_biggrin.gif


Actually you can really move along fast with it....here's how I do it.

I trace the size of the pan onto foamcore board [once done, when you remove the paper, you can save and reuse the foamboards many times] and cut the board about two inches larger all around. I cover the board with plastic coated freezer paper.

Spread icing in a pretty thick layer [about 1/4 inch] to about 1/4 inch larger than the diameter of the cake.

I then cover this layer with plastic wrap and then lay a piece of waxed paper on top of the wrap.

Using a fondant smoother, "smack" the icing hard all over several times...this will help remove those air bubbles she is fixing in the video after the cake is iced.

Go all over it repeatedly smacking it pretty hard....the waxed paper just keeps the fondant smoother from sticking to the plastic wrap and dragging.

Pop the board in the fridge for about 10 minutes, then peel off the plastic....if there are any big holes smooth with an angled spatula.

Place your first layer of cake on the icing layer, the fill and add the other layers. I then spread a very thin crumb coat, then go right back around with my finish coat and smooth, removing any excess from the board.

Finally, spread the built up icing at the top of the cake [which is actually the bottom] toward the middle.

Chill the cake as long as you want....I often do at least 2- 3 hours....sometimes overnight.....then invert onto your cake board and peel off the freezer paper.....if any tiny bubbles remain, fill them with tiny dabs of icing and smooth quickly with an angled spatula.

I know this may sound like a lot of work, but really it is not at all....I can do a entire 3 tier cake in about 30-45 minutes....in between the chill times you can work on another project!

Cookie4 Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 4:52am

Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this for a buttercream cake. Do you really think it's necessary to be so precise if the cake is going to be covered in fondant? Just wondering.

HappyCake10609 Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 12:48pm
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Originally Posted by CalhounsCakery

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Originally Posted by HappyCake10609

Great Tutorial! I haven't used this technique yet, despite my curiosity... but I think I will give it a try after seeing a video demonstration!

Can I ask what buttercream recipe you use? When I don't use SMBC, my ABC is shortening based... although I might still try it, but chill the cake in the freezer (I've heard it works that way)...

Thank you so much for sharing icon_smile.gif



I've taken my shortning based crusting buttercream, and just replaced the shortning with butter. Works great, and the taste is phenomenal!




Do you think it would still hold up well to high temps? I'm doing a cake for an outdoor wedding later this summer. I really only use ABC rather than SMBC because of the summer heat. I do prefer the taste of butter based frostings though...

HappyCake10609 Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 12:52pm
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Originally Posted by Cookie4

Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this for a buttercream cake. Do you really think it's necessary to be so precise if the cake is going to be covered in fondant? Just wondering.




In my experience, if I don't have my buttercream perfectly smooth, any imperfections show through on the fondant layer. I think this method would be great for getting a nice crisp edge at the top of the cake icon_smile.gif

Jeff_Arnett Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 2:53pm
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Originally Posted by Cookie4

Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this for a buttercream cake. Do you really think it's necessary to be so precise if the cake is going to be covered in fondant? Just wondering.


I do 95% buttercream cakes.....I'd don't use this for fondant covered cakes myself.

mrsmudrash Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by HappyCake10609

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Originally Posted by Cookie4

Thanks for sharing I can't wait to try this for a buttercream cake. Do you really think it's necessary to be so precise if the cake is going to be covered in fondant? Just wondering.



In my experience, if I don't have my buttercream perfectly smooth, any imperfections show through on the fondant layer. I think this method would be great for getting a nice crisp edge at the top of the cake icon_smile.gif




I agree! Especially when you roll your fondant nice and thin, every imperfection shows through! - and this way, it's super fast for me to get a "perfect" base for my fondant.

Also, this technique works AMAZING with ganache!! I use ganache 75% of the time for crumb coats and it provides such a beautiful shell for my fondant. I guess it's personal preference how you want your fondant to look...I just LOVE to see super sharp corners! icon_wink.gif

jewordsoflife Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 3:30pm

THANK YOU! This is awesome!!

Sassy74 Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 5:30pm

I think you did a wonderful job, especially considering this was your first video! Your blog looks awesome, as well.

jjkarm Posted 7 Jun 2011 , 2:38am

How does this technique work on larger cakes.... like 14" or 15"? It seems like the larger sizes would be much more difficult to flip over.

3dlovely Posted 7 Jun 2011 , 3:10am

Your tutorial is fantastic. Thank you so much for taking the time to make it and most of all, thank you for sharing it! I am not the best at applying buttercream, but with this technique, I might just have half a chance.

platinumlady Posted 7 Jun 2011 , 3:33am

Thank you for making a video about this. I heard it explained & also seen stills of different pics...but to see it from start to finish really helps. Thanks again

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