I've done a lot a research today on how to get my bc smooth. So far it looks like a scraper with crusting bc is the best bet. I've never used one before and I've come across soooo many different types. Most use a 6" metal one with the rounded handle which looks great but what if I wanted to ice a tall barrel cake. I came across the Wilton icing smoother and I wondered if anyone liked it. It doesn't have as wide of a base/edge to set on the cake board as a bench scraper and I was wondering if that rubber handle in the middle gets in the way. Has anyone used both and if so which do you like better? Thanks!!!
i ♥ my bench scraper that is over 40 years old--sentimental favorite
plus if you do a big tall cake enlist the nearest plastic ruler--no worries--
(second time i've recommended that today ;)
not to mention--when using smbc -- you can chill the iced cake and make it perfect with the heat of your fingers--
The metal bench scraper is the way to go! You can find taller ones if you search the internet. The Wilton scraper is a great idea but the wrong size. The Plastic tab in the middle gets in the way so you are not able to scrape the excess icing off into the bowl-you have to use your fingers or a spatula to remove. I have sent an email to Wilton suggesting a redesign! When I am doing a taller cake I use the bench scraper then remove the excess above with the Wilton-extra work but gets the job done...
I love my metal bench scraper, but when you buy yours, be on the lookout for a scraper that has a handle the full width of the scraper and that will sit at a 90 degree angle. I love my Fat Daddio scrapers, but I had my brother cut off the rubber nubs on each end so that it would sit flush on the cake turner as I turn the cake. Maybe I should contact them like @Walkinmomma and suggest a redesign?
AI use a paint speckle (basically a bench scraper) tool. Nice and tall. I also use an engineers square sometimes. I mean I have a bunch of tools.
I bought that wilton took too I was really excited. Same problems for me as mentioned above.
On this one, the handle is not the full length of the scraper, but they have one 12 inches long: