AHi, I was having trouble getting my cake covered and smooth last week, and someone referred me to Edna de la Cruz. I watched her video and asked her if you could do what she did without using Crisco, (as I just use butter or SMBC due to my own taste and also, all natural, mostly organic is going to be my niche.) She was kind enough to respond but since my question so worded horribly and i hadnt specified that it was the shortening I don't like, she said you have to use shortening and since she hates Crisco too, she uses that high ratio one. Well, that is even more out of my ballpark, but since I was a dolt and asked the wrong question, I didn't want to ask her again.
So can you get sharp edges and super smooth surfaces with SMBC? Thanks from the Dolt! Nancy
Here is a video to show you how. I use the same method, love SMBC. There is another lady I like that uses a blow torch,lol. Cant seem to find hers.
AThank you! I have a blowtorch!!
AUpside down method. Look [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3194630/width/200/height/400[/IMG]
And that's before I did any touch ups. If a klutz like me can do it I know anybody can lol
AI'm not understanding how to do that! If its iside-down, how do I do the top?? :)
Nancy there is a tutorial on the upside down method on the main page of CC at the moment.
Or type upside down frosting into the CC search bar if it is not coming up for you.
Hey Nancy all this time I never knew that Jennifer, the lady on the video was a CC member.
And here she is, with her blow torch.
AIf I try to explain it won't make sense lol. Google it jessicakes has an awesome video tutorials
ANicely done Morgan! (I assume it's Morgan?) ;-)
AActually, smbc and similar icings can get nicer edges than shortening based stuff. Ganache is easiest of course, but the good butter based meringue icings are the next easiest to achieve those results with.
AI'm so glad I can do this! I wasn't going to give up my SMBC recipe, discovered from here and made with great help from CC members!
Now I am off to,see the blow torch lady!! Yay!!
Thank you, all, Nancy
AOh yeah, it's a dream to work with. I made American BC I think a total of two times and once I discovered the joys of smbc and ganache...never messed with ABC again.
AYes it is AZ! Haha thanks!
This is my first weekend with SMBC and upside-down icing also! Love it- the edge was great! Next experiment is ganche.
ASo easy and simple. I love it. Really moves it along when you have alot to do in one weekend
AWhen you guys smooth chilled smbc with warm scraper or spatula how do you avoid the discoloration of the icing? Every time I do this my buttercream turns really yellowy.
if you are trying to smooth with a warm scraper, it has to be hot so that the buttercream actually melts, and then re-chills/sets. It's much easier IMO to smooth it while at room temp, with a cold crumb coat.
1. crumb coat,
3.frost with final coat,
4.smooth while room temp.
5. chill to set
ASorry maybe I asked that wrong, I know how to smooth it... Every time I chill smbc then put a heated up scraper or spatula to it, it turns the butter in the buttercream reallly yellow or streaky. Is there a trick to stop that. ?
AOnly thing I can think of is make sure the spatula is completely dry before you put it to the cake. Wipe it off really good
You are breaking the emulsion by applying heat, that's why it's turning yellow. There is no need to heat your spatula or scraper, just scrape and carve away!
Jennifer, do you chill before you "scrape and carve away"?
Thanks, I also have done it with a hot scraper and it "marbled" like didavista said hers did.
I AM SO EXCITED! I finally got over my SMBC fears and chilled and scraped away to a perfect finish on 2 cakes this weekend.
Thanks so much for the tips
Rosie-- so you chilled the cake, and immediately scraped with a room temperature scraper (no heat added)?
I haven't had a fondant free order in quite awhile, so I was pretty stoked to have THREE this weekend. Here's the first one. I did hot knife this one, usually I don't but wanted a super smooth surface.
Beautiful cake! I am in love with SMBC now!
Yes, Fiorecakes- it worked just right for me. I only had to fill a couple of small divots with more icing, chill and smooth again.