Mitzzi23 Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 12:57am
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I am fairly new to doing cakes. I can't get my frosting to be smooth on a cake, you can always see lines in it where I stopped with the spatula. My recipe is: 2 sticks margarine, 1 cup shortening, bag of powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. I have yet to try the Viva method, but it might work since the frosting crusts nicely. Any other suggestions?

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JillyPlot Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 1:07am
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Viva all the way!!

EvMarie Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 1:38am
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I have been getting better. My current process is:

Apply thick layer buttercream, no crumb coat all the way around the sides & top. I use a squared off metal tool from Wilton. It's a dough scooper I think...but many ladies use a tool from the hardware store meant for plaster or spackle. I stand it up 90 degree angle, turn my turn table. Then, once sides are fairly smooth, I swipe in on the top of my cake. Sometimes I heat this tool in a pot of almost boiling water....dry and swipe. The heat smooths the sugar.

Let crust, then use viva paper towel & fondant smoother.

I have recently tried the upside down method. You should google it and give it a try. This method allows you to get super sharp top edges...which is where I was having trouble. It works with my regular buttercream recipe but not my chocolate recipe. Not sure why....

Keep practicing. Once you get your routine, it'll click and your progress will come faster and faster.

icer101 Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 1:39am
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Hi, go to Designmeacake.com(tonedna)from this site. She has a great video on smoothing icing. All of her videos are great. There are also some on youtube on smoothing icing. hth

Mitzzi23 Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 1:42am
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Thank you so much! I will be trying this out this weekend!

Norasmom Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 2:04am
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Everyone on this site raves about Sugarshack's videos for buttercream. It might be a good investment. I am going to order one to help me!

JillyPlot Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 11:39am
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The Sugarshack videos have taught me so much!! They are definitely worth the investment.

unctoothlady Posted 18 Jun 2012 , 3:05pm
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Hot spatula and viva! Checkout Perfecting the Art of Buttercream by Sharon Zambito. Or check out Cup-a-dee cakes instruction video on youtube.

Zakared Posted 20 Jun 2012 , 8:01pm
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What is the upside down method and where do I find instructions or a video to show (since I am a visual learner)?

EvMarie Posted 20 Jun 2012 , 10:49pm

it might be in the tutorials on cc....I googled it and found videos.

srkmilklady Posted 21 Jun 2012 , 12:12am
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What is the upside down method and where do I find instructions or a video to show (since I am a visual learner)?




Here you go....

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