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post #1 of 24
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OK all,

I seriously need your help. Believe it or not I had never iced a square or rectangular cake until a couple weeks ago. Let's just say I had quite a time icing the darn thing.... (I did not take a photo for that reason - ugh! thank goodness it was just for the hubby)

What is the secret to icing the perfect square/rectangular cake?

Thanks much!
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post #2 of 24
Using cake pans with square corners really helps. icon_smile.gif

Perfect corners (with b/c):

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-301633-.html

HTH
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by JanH

Using cake pans with square corners really helps. icon_smile.gif

Perfect corners (with b/c):

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-301633-.html

HTH



thanks JanH... looks like the thread is about a special tool. I might go to home depot to see if I can find a similar tool as some mentioned in the thread - would save me some money....

Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on how to ice square/rectangular cakes for crisp edges without the special tool from the UK?
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post #4 of 24
I do a lot of square cakes and I love doing square cakes! A bench scraper is a great tool for smoothing the sides in one swoop.

When applying the icing to the sides with the spatula, push the icing out past the corner. Then "fold" it around the corner. Put lots of icing on, so when you do the final smoothing with the bench scraper, you will have extra icing to scrape off (if you don't have enough icing for this step, you end up with cake showing thru the icing).

I've got some photos that aren't really very good, that I'll try to post here that may help illustrate what I mean.
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post #5 of 24
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Oooh! Glad i saw the pictures! Thanks for posting!

All the great advice on here can be overwhelming for someone just starting out... (ME!) Everyday I see something new that makes me want to make a cake just for the sake of trying it out! I swear i want to quit my job and stay home making cakes and cookies all day long everyday! no matter how late i get home from work, i always look forward to doing something in the kitchen.... even if i have to stay up all night to finish it!
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All the great advice on here can be overwhelming for someone just starting out...



Not just for someone who is just starting out. I had been making cakes for 25 years when I found CC. I've learned more in one year on here than I did in those entire 25 years!
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by indydebi

I do a lot of square cakes and I love doing square cakes! A bench scraper is a great tool for smoothing the sides in one swoop.

When applying the icing to the sides with the spatula, push the icing out past the corner. Then "fold" it around the corner. Put lots of icing on, so when you do the final smoothing with the bench scraper, you will have extra icing to scrape off (if you don't have enough icing for this step, you end up with cake showing thru the icing).

I've got some photos that aren't really very good, that I'll try to post here that may help illustrate what I mean.



Oh wow - those pics are fantastic! VERY helpful......tanks much! I see what you mean by 'folding it around the corner' I noticed the pics have a regular spatula being used. What size of bench scraper do you suggest? think I'm going to make a trip to home depot tomorrow!

Thank you again for the help!
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Originally Posted by nikki1201

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Oooh! Glad i saw the pictures! Thanks for posting!

All the great advice on here can be overwhelming for someone just starting out... (ME!) Everyday I see something new that makes me want to make a cake just for the sake of trying it out! I swear i want to quit my job and stay home making cakes and cookies all day long everyday! no matter how late i get home from work, i always look forward to doing something in the kitchen.... even if i have to stay up all night to finish it!



I hear ya, nikki - there are nights I can't sleep cause I can't stop thinking about what I want to try next (that I happened to see on CC) or the design of the cake I'm working on (I just do cakes for family/friends). I'm beginning to think I shouldn't log on before bed - just get too excited and then the brain won't turn off.
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post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by moptop

Quote:
Originally Posted by nikki1201

SAVE!



Oooh! Glad i saw the pictures! Thanks for posting!

All the great advice on here can be overwhelming for someone just starting out... (ME!) Everyday I see something new that makes me want to make a cake just for the sake of trying it out! I swear i want to quit my job and stay home making cakes and cookies all day long everyday! no matter how late i get home from work, i always look forward to doing something in the kitchen.... even if i have to stay up all night to finish it!



I hear ya, nikki - there are nights I can't sleep cause I can't stop thinking about what I want to try next (that I happened to see on CC) or the design of the cake I'm working on (I just do cakes for family/friends). I'm beginning to think I shouldn't log on before bed - just get too excited and then the brain won't turn off.



Haha, I'm the exact same way. When I have a spare moment, or before drifting off to sleep, I picture what I could do or try. Or, I get on before bed, and end up spending wayyyy too long on here.
post #10 of 24
The way I do it is I frost the corners before frosting the sides. After I've gotten most of the frosting spread out on the top, I put a big glob on each corner and smooth it right over the corners. Then I start doing the sides. That way, I'm not trying to build up the corners later since they're already frosted ahead.
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that's exactly how i do it!! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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post #12 of 24
Indydebi I have practiced your method and boy does it help icon_smile.gif Thanks icon_smile.gif
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post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by moptop

I noticed the pics have a regular spatula being used. What size of bench scraper do you suggest? think I'm going to make a trip to home depot tomorrow!


I use the spatula to apply the icing, then, when all done, use the benchscraper to do an initial smoothing .... then melvira it.

My scraper is standard size ... the blade is about 3x6.
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Quote:
Originally Posted by moptop

I noticed the pics have a regular spatula being used. What size of bench scraper do you suggest? think I'm going to make a trip to home depot tomorrow!


I use the spatula to apply the icing, then, when all done, use the benchscraper to do an initial smoothing .... then melvira it.

My scraper is standard size ... the blade is about 3x6.



Fantastic! now I'm psyched to give another square cake a try! I'll be armed and dangerous! On the list for home depot:

- bench scraper
- high density foam roller
- miracle grow (my flower pots are in serious need)
- variety of additional items I'm sure I'll walk out with (home depot is JUST as bad as costco for me)
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post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by LaSombra

The way I do it is I frost the corners before frosting the sides. After I've gotten most of the frosting spread out on the top, I put a big glob on each corner and smooth it right over the corners. Then I start doing the sides. That way, I'm not trying to build up the corners later since they're already frosted ahead.



I'm gonna try putting on alot more frosting initially... I think I was skimpy (kinda tring to do the 'crumb coat' kinda approach). I was getting so frustrated 'cause the icing wouldn't stick to the cake on the corners - kept coming off even though it was sticking to the rest of the cake, no problemo!
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