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Viva Paper Towel Method Smoothing

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Could someone please either explain this technique to me or direct me to some instructions? I'm in desperate need of a method that works and have heard great things about it. Thanks!
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Here's the how to article for the method:

http://www.cakecentral.com/article10-How-To-Create-Faux-Fondant-The-Paper-Towel-Method----Viva.html
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Thanks Tabicat!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIXHFqpJK84&list=PL63DCAC4A055FCFE8&index=1

 

This is Edna showing how to ice a cake, including use a the paper towel method.
 

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This method saved the day Friday night while working on my first "paying customer" wedding cake. 

 

Let the buttercream crust then use a clean, dry Viva papertowel to smooth the top and sides of the cake.  Most methods say to use a fondant smoother, but it was 10:30 at night and all I had were a Viva paper towel, my hands, and a flat glass that I used to smooth with.  It made the buttercream look like fondant.  My customer was thrilled b/c she was worried that the buttercream would look too rough and she wanted a fondant look (I'm a buttercream only girl).

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIXHFqpJK84&list=PL63DCAC4A055FCFE8&index=1

This is Edna showing how to ice a cake, including use a the paper towel method.

 

I'm so glad you posted this video, thank you! I've been teaching myself to decorate cakes for a couple years now, and have come a long way. But oh how I wish I had seen this video a long time ago! I just bought Viva towels today with the intent of practicing tomorrow, hence the reason I was looking for advice on this method. Thanks for saving me the search time!! icon_smile.gif
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It is amazing how a few simple techniques and tips can make all the difference.  I always struggled with the top corner, where the sides meet the top.  I would go round and round on the top and never got it very good on that corner.  Then I saw I think it was a seriouscakes you tube video and she went from the outside in, not round and round.  Shazam, made all the difference in the world.

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I'm making a cake for work tomorrow and I bought the towels to try it. I'm excited to see if I can make it look that . Do you let the cake sit before using the towel? Or can you do right after icing. And which side of the towel goes against the cake?
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You need to let it sit just long enough for the icing to "crust."  You should be able to lightly touch it with a finger and no icing comes off on your finger.  Then you can use the viva.  I use either side, both have no imprint.  Use whatever side is smoother.

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I have seen Buddy Valastro  use poster board cut in pieces as big as a credit card, maybe a little bigger. Some people use their old credit cards of which they clean before using. I have seen others using the little cards that they have in Lowe's or Walmart which shows the paint colors when you are in the paint section. They normally use the opposite side of where the paint colors are not showing for smoothing the buttercream. Also, They are free when you are picking out paint color cards even if you do not buy any paint. 

 

Any of these will smooth the buttercream pretty smoothly. The Viva paper towel works also. Let us know how and what works for you. As always, practice, practice and more practice. The more you do it the easier it will get for you. Hang in there and do not give up!!! You will get better in time!!!! Your skills will greatly improve with more experience!!! And as others have said wait until icing has crusted before trying to smooth.

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does this only work with American butter cream?

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My writing isn't to good but very pleased with it! Thanks ladies!!


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beautiful!

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