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post #1 of 28
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Hey, I was just looking and there's an article there about getting a cake perfectly smooth. I tried it and will never go back to my old method!! icon_biggrin.gif Here's the link if anyone wants to take a look.

http://www.cakecentral.com/article6-Upside-Down-Icing-Technique-for-Perfectly-Smooth-Icing.html
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post #2 of 28
I've heard it works but is time consuming. I smooth mine in just a few minutes. It seems like that method takes quite a while. I do think it would help though, in keeping the top of your cake absolutely flat.
post #3 of 28
Yeah, I like the use of the hot wet spatula, switching off with other ones when one gets frosting on it. (Is that your method, Cali?) Then I let it crust and then use parchment paper. Some people prefer paper towels. Just place it over the top and gently smooth with your hand or a roller.

I'll check out the article, though. icon_smile.gif

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post #4 of 28
Thanks for sharing - I printed this off and will be trying Cali's method and this one - I don't care for the method I use now - it gets is smooth but i have problems getting that sharp top edge - my edges on rounds always seem rounded at the top - I don't like that - I currently use what our instructor taughts us which is icing with the icer tip - smoothing with just a regular spatula - then paper toweling it with a roller. I can't get that sharp edge I want - is there any specific tip to that?
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post #5 of 28
I mostly use the decorator's icing and, after leveling my cakes, ice them. I use icing tip to pread icing on, then smooth icing with a long spatula while turning cake on turntable. I let set for about 5-8 minutes, then gently smooth out icing using VIVA paper towels. This is the only paper towel that will make it smooth. (However, if you want a pring in the icing, you can use any other paper towel.) I place paper towel along side of cake and gently smooth with my hand in a motion going up and down. I change paper towels after completly smoothing once with the previous towel. For the top, I lay a paper towel on the top, with about 4 inches of the towel hanging over the side. I gently smooth with my hand, then using 2 hands, I make a "fold" in the towel over the edge, then rub the towel with one finger on side of cake, and one finger on top of cake so it will for a sharp corner where the edge is. THis doesn't take very long and I have had great success with this method. Good luck with whatever method you end up using!
post #6 of 28
OK I will try the method on the sides to see if that works for me - thanks for the tip.
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post #7 of 28
I've been using the paper towel method, making a sharp fold over the edge and smoothing down the sides, works pretty well for me. I would like to find the Viva smooth paper towels, even though I like the patterned ones, but haven't found for them here yet.

I looked at the upside down method a while back and figured that somewhere in there I would probably manage to drop the cake, or something equally destructive, so nixed that idea. Seemed pretty complicated and time consuming to me icon_sad.gif Janice's two cents.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by veejaytx

I would like to find the Viva smooth paper towels, even though I like the patterned ones, but haven't found for them here yet.



You can do a few different things in place of non-textured paper towels. I use a piece of higher-end cotton purchased at my local fabric store. You can also go to your discount center (K-Mart/WalMart) and go to the auto section. You will find blue paper towels there- smooth as a baby's bottom.

Some people use parchment paper successfully.
post #9 of 28
I never thought about using shop paper towels, I am always buying them since we work on our own cars. When I mean 'we' I mean 'we', my husband likes me to help him because I have small hands and can get into smaller spaces in the engine better than he can. icon_wink.gif
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post #10 of 28
I read that article and it does sound time consuming. But since I'm new to this whole decorating cakes thing, I'm sure that I'll try it at least once.
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post #11 of 28
I just tried the shop towels for the first time, because I can't find the Viva towels here in Canada.
They worked absolutely wonderfully!! I'm thrilled with them,because I take hours just to smooth my cakes using the hot spatula method. That's because I'm a real perfectionist.
So when I mentioned that the shop towels might work, dh went right out and bought me some because he knows how I agonize over every cake and it probably drives him nuts!! icon_smile.gif
post #12 of 28
luceymoose,
I've been wanting to try that fro a while now. Did you find it hard or easy, too time consuming?? Just wondering how it was for you and if you have any advise before I try it!
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post #13 of 28
I have tried this upside down method and it works great. It is a little time consuming, but the cake comes out with a very nice sharp edge.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by peacockplace

luceymoose,
I've been wanting to try that fro a while now. Did you find it hard or easy, too time consuming?? Just wondering how it was for you and if you have any advise before I try it!



It's a little time consuming because of the freezing time but once the icing is on the cake, it's really fast
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post #15 of 28
I love the up-side method. It is time consuming but it is worth it. My cakes are smoother, edges sharp. birthday.gif
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