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I absolutely love SMBC, however I can get color to come through properly. I replaced 3/4 of the butter with shortening and I'm still having problems get true colors to come through. Any suggestions? I don't have an airbrush machine but was thinking of just doing the spray cans to color. Thanks for any ideas!
Give candy coloring a try. I'm with AZ, though, I don't like coloring past pastels. But if you must, use candy coloring just because smbc has soo much butter, the regular gel coloring doesn't have much sugar to bind to and turns out streaky.
post #17 of 34

Has anyone had luck using SMBC on "messy" iced cakes? I'm doing a wedding soon, but I can't decide which icing to use on the outside. I've always used SMBC except on children's cakes when parents have chosen that option. Here are a few examples of messy iced cakes.

 

 

post #18 of 34
I made one (a messy iced cake) with ABC and remember thinking that I wished it was SBC. I haven't done it myself, but in my opinion I think it would be easier with SBC
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post #19 of 34
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Has anyone had luck using SMBC on "messy" iced cakes? I'm doing a wedding soon, but I can't decide which icing to use on the outside. I've always used SMBC except on children's cakes when parents have chosen that option. Here are a few examples of messy iced cakes.





Yep. I actually still ice the cakes smooth as if I wasn't going to do the messy look, and one they're chilled, go back over with a thin layer for the messy part. I still want as neat and straight of a cake as possible, even if I'm going to rough it up.
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Yep. I actually still ice the cakes smooth as if I wasn't going to do the messy look, and one they're chilled, go back over with a thin layer for the messy part. I still want as neat and straight of a cake as possible, even if I'm going to rough it up.

Good tip, thanks for sharing.

 

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post #21 of 34
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Yep. I actually still ice the cakes smooth as if I wasn't going to do the messy look, and one they're chilled, go back over with a thin layer for the messy part. I still want as neat and straight of a cake as possible, even if I'm going to rough it up.

I'll definitely make sure to do that. I've never done the messy look with buttercream only ganache. I would rather use SMBC, because it's not too sweet and just plain yummy. How off white did your cake look in the photos? Her dress isn't white and she wants the cake to match. The pictures I posted look more like ABC. Most of my cakes are covered in fondant.

post #22 of 34
If I need it pristine white, then I'll make a separate batch of smbc without vanilla, just enough to do the outer messy layer.
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I am a newie here and first time to see your beautiful cakes javajammer! This is exactly what my daughter wants me to make for her wedding in October 2013. She wants a choc cake similar to a mud cake, have a "messy frosting" to make it look homemade, then fresh flowers to finish it off. I am thinking of using a chocolate ganache to frost it with but cant seem to make that messy look.. been practising as this is my first wedding cake and i don't want to disappoint my daughter. How can i achieve that messy look frosting with the ganache?
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I am a newie here and first time to see your beautiful cakes javajammer! This is exactly what my daughter wants me to make for her wedding in October 2013. She wants a choc cake similar to a mud cake, have a "messy frosting" to make it look homemade, then fresh flowers to finish it off. I am thinking of using a chocolate ganache to frost it with but cant seem to make that messy look.. been practising as this is my first wedding cake and i don't want to disappoint my daughter. How can i achieve that messy look frosting with the ganache?

Unfortunately those are not my cakes. I'm getting ready to make a messy wedding cake, and was unsure if SMBC would work. Those are sample photos for those who didn't understand what I meant by messy. I have done it with ganache before, and it has turned out great. Joshua John Russell has a free modern buttercream class at craftsy.com. He shows different techniques which I've used with this ganache recipe.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Double-Chocolate-Layer-Cake-101275

post #25 of 34
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If I need it pristine white, then I'll make a separate batch of smbc without vanilla, just enough to do the outer messy layer.

Thanks! You've helped me quite a few times in the past few months. I hope to one day achieve your quality of work. You rock!:)

post #26 of 34

I just recently purchased a tub of butter flavored crisco, in hopes that I can get that buttery flavor a SMBC should have and the pure white color so that the gel colors would be true.  However, butter flavored crisco is yellow!!!  Would the flavor still be similar if I use regular white crisco to replace all the color and butter emulsion?  My last resort is to make the buttercream then top the cupcakes with sanding sugar.  It's not what I envision, but will still work.  

 

Thank you for any suggestions!

post #27 of 34

Thanks! Will def give that a try!  

post #28 of 34
Hi guys. Can anybody tell me what to cover a cake board if cakes are frosted with chocolate ganache with that messy look. Do I still cover the board with fondant?
post #29 of 34
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Hi guys. Can anybody tell me what to cover a cake board if cakes are frosted with chocolate ganache with that messy look. Do I still cover the board with fondant?

Personal preference. I like to keep it simple and use white contact paper. You can absolutely cover your cake board with fondant if that is what you normally do. However, if you have a light colored fondant below, be super careful not to get any ganache on the board.
post #30 of 34
Thanks for the tip NJsugarmama. But pardon me for being ignorant but what is contact paper? And where can i buy it from.
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