Smooth Ombre Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Decorating By chrisviz Updated 3 Mar 2013 , 1:55pm by EndlessSummer

chrisviz Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:07pm
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Does anyone have any idea how the ombre cakes are done that you can see on the My Sweet & Saucy blog?? Do you think it's piped on with wide flat tip and then smoothed out with a scraper? So dying to figure this out and try it.. I love how it looks icon_biggrin.gif

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Seashell48 Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:16pm
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Yes, I would like to know the same thing, those are beautiful, and very popular cakes now days. I hope someone with experience can tell lus.

BakingIrene Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:36pm
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It looks to me like a thin layer of very soft buttercream on a regular wide icing spatula, added while you are rotating the cake on a turntable.

Light shade at top is of course the base icing. I would hold the spatula upright for the middle shade. Then another layer at the bottom using the spatula sideways to control the width of that shade. The a last pass with the spatula to smooth it all out.

Your shading buttercream has to be perfectly smooth and a little soft. If you have to, thin your buttercream with a tiny bit of corn syrup to make it spread easily. And I think that using a petal tip would add too much thickness.

FromScratchSF Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:42pm
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Link please?

BakingIrene Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:48pm
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Halfway down the page--the orange cake with yarn balls

chrisviz Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 11:56pm
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Thanks BakingIrene... wasnt sure if I should/could add the link in my original post... I know you are very talented FromScratchSF... cant wait to see what you think....

chrisviz Posted 11 Jun 2012 , 12:01am
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Here is a link to their FB site as well.. if you click on the wall photos you can see several examples of the ombre work... might be easier to find!/pages/Sweet-Saucy-Shop/114703245286526?sk=photos

Thanks for everyone's feedback!

FromScratchSF Posted 11 Jun 2012 , 12:03am
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Yeah it's piped in 3 shades then smoothed with a bench scraper, the technique is very easy and exactly as bakingirene described, but that is totally SMBC or IMBC. I've done it with pink and white stripes on a cake. I love that orange though! I hate using that much coloring as a general rule but I love that look and might have to start using it more.

BakingIrene Posted 11 Jun 2012 , 12:12am
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On those wafer thin layers of icing, the darkest shade is one drop of Americolor get in a half cup of icing. The middle shade is the dark shade diluted by half.

I don't think of this as very much colour. I would make the base shade with orange juice concentrate or orange curd.

chrisviz Posted 11 Jun 2012 , 12:18am
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Thanks ladies, that was my suspicion as to how it was done...I just love the simple elegance of it... just going to have to try it soon,. icon_smile.gif

ibeeflower Posted 12 Jun 2012 , 6:00pm
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chrisviz Posted 15 Jun 2012 , 12:23am
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Thanks Ibeeflower!

megpi Posted 16 Jun 2012 , 4:34am
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I've done a few ombre cakes and a rainbow cake done witht he same technique, in buttercream, and wrote a tutorial on it as well.

full tierd ombre
rainbow cake

chrisviz Posted 20 Jun 2012 , 4:58pm
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Thanks megpi!

EndlessSummer Posted 3 Mar 2013 , 1:55pm
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AThanks megpi! That's it!!

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