Has anybody ever made a cake with the quilting effect on a SMBC covered cake? I have read the threads where it can be done on a crusting BC covered cake. I don't use a crusting BC, so I would love some tips for the SMBC cakes, if it is possible. Thank you very much!
I'm sorry to tell you this but as far as I have found there is no way to satisfactorily (is that a word LOL) do a diamond quilting effect on SMBC. I tell my brides that they have to do fondant as I can't bring myself to use crusting bc. If anyone else has figured out how to do it I'd love to know how!
Yes, I don't like to use a crusting bc either. Has anybody else tried this? I don't cover with fondant, so that is also not an option for me. I'd love to hear from some SMBC or IMBC users! Thanks again.
I tried it on IMBC a few weeks ago and was not successful. I guess you have to choose between looks and tastes.
Thank you, this is helping me decide. I have a bride who wants the quilting effect, knowing I don't do fondant. I will see if I can change her mind. I appreciate the help!
I use Sharon Zambito's (Sugarshack) recipe for crusting buttercream and it tastes good to me and works well with a diamond impression mat. You can look at her castle cake to see how well a professional does it. Because I live in GA where the humidity is high I use 1/2 shortening and 1/2 unsalted butter in cooler weather and only 1/4 butter when it's hot. I also use Creme Bouquet instead of wedding bouquet because that's what I have on hand and have never tasted wedding bouquet. You might want to give it a try just as another option.
Has anyone tried it with the smbc when its cold? Or maybe just a light impression and then overpipe the lines with buttercream--not quite the same effect, but it might work better.
Thanks for the suggestion on the impression mat and Sugarshack's bc. I have heard great things about her bc. I may give it a try.
Titia, I was also thinking the same thing about trying to make the impression on the cake after it is very chilled, and wondering if this would work with an impression mat. I may practice this and see how it goes, too.
I have used a dowl rod and done an impression in a diamond shape. I cut the dowl at an angle, this will rest on the cake plate, lightly push it into the cake....move the dowl rod making impressions until you have gone around the cake, then angle it the other way. It really turned out pretty.
I love crusting BC (best with some butter) and I do not like IMBC. Blech, tastes like honey butter from a restaurant you put on a yeast roll, not a cake, and I hate that tool. I haven't tried SMBC yet, hoping it has a "less like a stick of butter flavor".
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone with my crusting buttercream comment, it's just a personal preference! To each his or her own I say. And yes, I think you could overpipe a nice diamond pattern like Titia said that would look quite striking!
I have tried to make any kinds of impressions in cold IMBC and have never been able to get it to work. You end up marring the surface; it's just the nature of the beast. I too would love to discover a magic trick but have yet to see one discussed!
Hello, I was just wanting to bring this to the table again and see if anyone had any ideas about the smbc. I did do it on a firm bc from the fridge with a plastic impression mat and it still stuck even with cornstarch and I also tried to use a patchwork cutter. Still unsatisfactory results. Anyone have any great ideas? Thanks!!!
I haven't tried this idea, it just popped in my mind this instant. What if you try to put the the quilting tool in hot water to make the impression. I would dip before each row. I tried other methods with my IMBC and like someone said, it marres the surface. I only had a clean look with crusting BC, altough my preference is non crusting BC too.
I did try making my patchwork cutter hot and tried that too, but it gave the same effect