Covering A Ball In Buttercream.

Decorating By kel58 Updated 3 Feb 2012 , 2:16pm by kel58

kel58 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 12:50am
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A friend of mine has asked me to make her a teapot cake for her grandmothers birthday. I am all up for the challenge and even started my research on how to make sure the spout doesn't tear out on me and how to cover a sphere in fondant.
Then she sprung it on me that they didn't want fondant. Anyone have a tips on how to cover a ball in buttercream and get it smooth?

thanks in advance.

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msthang1224 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 1:43am
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sometimes it can be hard to do but it can be done. U just start to cover as it you would any cake and go around the enntire cake to cover it. then your real trouble, well for me it is, lol. Is getting the ball complete smooth with buttercream. After you crumbcoat and then ice again and use something to smooth it even more like: acetate paper, viva towel method or just a hot spatula


kel58 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 2:41am
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I was thinking acitate might work well but I cant think of anywhere that I might be able to buy it. As for the Viva trick, im in Canada and we don't have viva. They are just paper towels with no print right? Iv never seen ones like them here except for "Shop" towels but that doesn't sounds too food safe.

msthang1224 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:14am
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You can try looking on or too, they both have them.

Yes, viva doesnt hv print as far as the ones I have seen.

Apti Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:18am
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Instead of acetate, you could always buy a report cover and use the clear plastic to smooth the buttercream on the ball. I've seen it done on TV, and I'm sure there must be tutorials online, but I don't know where they would be.

You cut a piece of acetate about 4"x6" and holding it slightly curved in your hand, use it as a scraper (from bottom to top OR top to bottom) to smooth the buttercream.

msthang1224 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 4:41am
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I dont think that a report cover is food safe, though.

soozicake Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 6:18am
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Try baking paper in lieu of paper towel. Use wide strips. It has a smooth surface and is more flexible than the reports covers. You gotta love the freebie office stationery icon_wink.gif ....I find uses for it even though it isn't rated as food safe.

DianeLM Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:48pm
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Originally Posted by msthang1224


I dont think that a report cover is food safe, though.

All you have to do is wash it before you use it. It's not like you're baking it into the cake. The brief amount of time and tiny portion that actually touches the cake is nothing to worry about.

If you really want to worry about something, think about the filthy dust and other particulates flying around and landing on your cake and everything else you put in your mouth. icon_wink.gif

P.S. You don't have to worry about that either. icon_smile.gif

cakefairy03 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 4:37pm
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You could used poured buttercream for the whole teapot! I don't have the exact instructions, but I know who does....Parable! A pic of hers is here...

She uses the Wilton buttercream, microwaves it, thins it with water, and mixes it. You'd have to PM her to get the directions but I know she'll reply!

Good luck!

msthang1224 Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 3:06am
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Cakefairy03, thats another good idea and its food safe, lol icon_smile.gif

AnnieCahill Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 2:15pm
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You can use parchment or waxed paper to smooth if you use crusting buttercream. If it crusts well, you can also use a gloved hand to smooth it.

cakefairy03 Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 11:08pm
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If I can remember right, the poured buttercream still crusts!!

kel58 Posted 3 Feb 2012 , 2:16pm
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Thanks for all your advice fellow cakers. I covered the teapot and used a piece of acetate to smooth it. I am going to let it sit and crust and then smooth it a little more but it turned out pretty darn smooth!!


Only now did I remember that I had meant to put some supports in the bottom of the ball. Opps! Does it need them? It is 6" tall. Should i just rip it back apart?

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