Smoothing A Cake

Baking By mcginnis Updated 4 Aug 2005 , 4:08pm by sls0812

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mcginnis Posted 4 Aug 2005 , 3:56pm
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Hi everyone,

I am fairly new a cake decorating. I have done about 30 so far and have come across the same issue each and every time.

How on earth do you smooth out the icing so perfect? I have been practing this, and no matter how hard I try, I can never smooth out the last line that my spatula makes! I have tried the longes one I can find (which is I think 14 inches), I have tried freezing the cake, I have tried dipping the spatula in water, and practice. Is there another trick that I am missing? :cry
I used a commercial type whip cream frosting if that is a clue for anyone out there.

Thanks alot!
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ntertayneme Posted 4 Aug 2005 , 4:05pm
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I use a crusting buttercream and Viva papertowels (if printed, use none printed side against your cake) ... I swear by them!

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justsweet Posted 4 Aug 2005 , 4:06pm
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first do a crumb coat on your cake. I usually will do this the night before (work full time), i found this to be better for me or wait a few hours for it to crust a little.

Then frost your cake like normal, let it crust then use VIVA towels to smooth.
put the towel on the cake and smooth with your hand or a fondant smooth tool. A your pactice you will see the differance.

Now I use a differant frosting that does not crust it is a little sweet but I love it way better and to smooth it is fabulous. The frosting looks so good on the cake.

3 cups of shortening
2 pounds of powder sugar - sifted
1/4 cup of water

1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of almond

Note you can use 2 tsp of vanilla, that is what I do. I also you hi ratio shortening now and WOW it is way better then crisco, here is a link to a HI ratio shortening.

Mix everything together. Use less water is want it to be stiffer.

Viva towel works great on this frosting

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sls0812 Posted 4 Aug 2005 , 4:08pm
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You have to try the viva paper towel trick. You have to use a crusting icing and let it set for about 15 minutes and then lay a plain piece of viva paper towel over it and rub it gently with your hand. There is an article on it I believe in the articles section!

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