edna-buttercream-pleats-tutorial

Once you’ve perfected your smooth buttercream skills, a door to a whole world of decorating options opens up. By piping and smoothing layers of crusting buttercream on a cake, you can create a graceful draped fabric look, jaunty pleats, unique ridges and so much more. Master the techniques in this tutorial, and let your imagination run wild!

Supplies

  • #12 round piping tip
  • Angled modeling knife
  • Ball tool
  • Cake
  • Crusting buttercream
  • Skewer
  • Viva paper towels

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Using crusting buttercream, cover and smooth cake using the Viva paper towel method.  Mark the cake with a skewer or a needle tool where you want the pleats to be. Start with the center line, marking from the bottom up three quarters of the way to the top.

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Mark the curved side lines from the bottom up to the top with two on each side of the center line.

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Using a round tip #12, pipe over the center line.

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Blend the line with the side of an angled modeling knife. Wipe the knife after each swipe.

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Smooth the piped line using a Viva paper towel with light finger pressure.

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For intricate smoothing where your finger won’t fit, over a Viva paper towel, use a ball tool with light pressure.

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Continue by piping and repeating the blending and smoothing techniques on each line marked off on the cake.

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Finish the cake with a pearl border using a round tip #4.

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As seen in Cake Central Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3

 


Comments

Bobbi44 Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 2:40pm

How beautiful!! Thank you so much!!

chefandbaker Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 4:07pm

Awesome!!

MsMona0116 Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 4:09pm

I always wanted to know how you did this technique. Thanks for sharing!

glorious455 Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 4:15pm

Oh i love this.. thanks for sharing Edna !

superstar Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 4:44pm

Thank you so much for this tutorial Edna, it is wonderful!

lemeezsweets Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 6:15pm

Once again you amaze! Thank you Edna for simplifying these techniques!

love 4 cakes Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 7:48pm

Wow, clever, looks good. Thanks for sharing

lyndim Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 9:05pm

How cool is this! Thanks!

NicciZ Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 11:47pm

Thanks so much. I'm in love with this technique and now I have the tools to do it. All I lack is practice, so excited!

NicciZ Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 11:47pm

Thanks so much. I'm in love with this technique and now I have the tools to do it. All I lack is practice, so excited!

basileneo Says... 30 Apr 2013 , 11:58pm

Lovely. Thank you. Please could we have the recipe to your nicely crusting icing?

wubis2002 Says... 1 May 2013 , 7:26am

That is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to try it.

Homemadebytz Says... 1 May 2013 , 11:40am

I am totally trying this, thanks Edna!

mag09 Says... 1 May 2013 , 7:19pm

Thank for sharing

Apti Says... 2 May 2013 , 10:56am

Just the other day I asked if CC could provide a tutorial on this technique! Thank you SO much! I LOVE your work, Edna.

somchez Says... 3 May 2013 , 2:18pm

Thank you for sharing your butter cream decorating skills. I have been trying to sell butter cream technique in lagos nigeria.

cookie59 Says... 10 Jun 2013 , 5:26pm

That is so BEAUTIFUL. I am going to do that tomorrow.

ssthebest Says... 13 Feb 2015 , 2:28pm

So pretty! I can't wait to try it!

ssthebest Says... 13 Feb 2015 , 2:29pm

So pretty! I can't wait to try it! Thanks Edna!

Rosemay1 Says... 13 Feb 2015 , 5:16pm

Beautiful....I'm always looking for unique buttercream designs. This technique is easy yet elegant! A thousand thank you's for sharing:)


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