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make buttercream so mooth it looks like fondant?

post #1 of 16
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I am very new at making my cakes, but i enjoy so much. however is there a tutorial or instruction on making butter cream cakes look like fondant? I see many cakes and people say its a butter cream cake, but it looks like fondant. i want to learn the techniques.

Thanks so much for all your help! icon_confused.gif
post #2 of 16
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqvL4zhVbE8

check this video out.....i found it interesting
post #3 of 16
Invest in a good scraper for the sides. Make sure your buttercream is thin enough (for the longest time I couldn't figure out why my BC was giving me a rough stucco look. Turns out, I just need to thin it out a bit).

The process I find that is easiest is: Apply a crumb coat, let it sit in the freezer for 10 minutes. Put on another coat, freeze for 10 min. And then put on a final coat and let it sit out in the open and crust for about 30 minutes. Once it has a good crust, I use a high-density foam roller (http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method). Then I go over it again with a Viva paper towel, just to make sure.

And finally...PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!
post #4 of 16
Buy Sugarshack's DVD called Perfecting the Art of Buttercream! SugarEdProductions. com
post #5 of 16
I do not thin my icing at all. I use the Wilton buttercream recipe that replaces the butter with Crisco. It is the consistency of peanut butter, maybe even a little thicker.
I do a single smooth crumb coat, a thin coat if it's a light cake but kind of thick if a darker cake, like chocolate. I let it sit until it dries. I spoon my icing on, spread it and smooth it as much as possible with my spatula. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes, until the icing dries. I place a Viva paper towel on it and firmly rub a fondant smoother over the paper towel.
I am always getting compliments on how smooth my cakes are. I even had a client ask me AFTER eating the cake if it was fondant. She said it tasted like BC but she didn't think it was possible to get icing that smooth.
Hope this helps.
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post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by abchambers

Invest in a good scraper for the sides. Make sure your buttercream is thin enough (for the longest time I couldn't figure out why my BC was giving me a rough stucco look. Turns out, I just need to thin it out a bit).

The process I find that is easiest is: Apply a crumb coat, let it sit in the freezer for 10 minutes. Put on another coat, freeze for 10 min. And then put on a final coat and let it sit out in the open and crust for about 30 minutes. Once it has a good crust, I use a high-density foam roller (http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method). Then I go over it again with a Viva paper towel, just to make sure.

And finally...PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!



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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by abchambers

The process I find that is easiest is: Apply a crumb coat, let it sit in the freezer for 10 minutes. Put on another coat, freeze for 10 min. And then put on a final coat and let it sit out in the open and crust for about 30 minutes. Once it has a good crust, I use a high-density foam roller (http://cakecentral.com/articles/126/quick-easy-smooth-icing-using-a-roller-melvira-method). Then I go over it again with a Viva paper towel, just to make sure.



Why so many icing steps? I just spread a little buttercream around on any cut edges of cake (where it's most likely to crumb) and then ice the cake. Let it crust for a few minutes and then use Viva.
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Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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"Focus on what you share in common, learn from what makes you different, support each other through struggles, and celebrate each others' success."

Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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post #8 of 16
This is my favourite tutorial on smooth buttercream. http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-682196-0.htmlIt's by user Tutugirl

I have read others and I have DVD's but this tutorial was so simple and the first time I read this thread my buttercream came out perfect. I live in Canada and we don't have Viva papertowel so I just use parchment paper to smooth
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post #9 of 16
This may seem a stupid question but doesn't parchment paper work better? Seems that Viva would leave little papers on the frosting.....does anyone know for sure?
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by ncjennings

This may seem a stupid question but doesn't parchment paper work better? Seems that Viva would leave little papers on the frosting.....does anyone know for sure?



You have to use unprinted Viva brand. It will not leave any lint.
I use one of two methods- viva (if I want a rolled edge) or hot spatula (if I want crisp edges)
post #11 of 16
I would love to try the viva paper towel. I'm having an awful time getting frosting to smooth. I've tried the hot spatula and the parchment paper and I'm still left with bumps. I've just started a little cake business on the side and I'm starting to get orders and interest in wedding cakes so I definately need to practice smoothing icing because not alot of people want fondant. I live in canada so I can't find unprinted viva paper towel. Is anyone willing to send me a roll? I'll pay for it plus shipping


Lisa
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone has been very helpful...im going to try a few of these techniques and see how it goes. I would really love to achieve the smooth look. icon_biggrin.gif
post #13 of 16
you can buy viva online- I just went to walmart, but you can shop around...for better deals.
http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=viva+paper+towel&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=0
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I've learned so much from my mistakes..... I'm thinking of making a few more!
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post #14 of 16
I use Viva too sometimes and I've tried parchment and copy paper. I've found that those papers were too stiff. if there was a crease in it, it would show up on the cake. The Viva was much easier to mold around the cakes, especially the edges and corners.
"Focus on what you share in common, learn from what makes you different, support each other through struggles, and celebrate each others' success."

Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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"Focus on what you share in common, learn from what makes you different, support each other through struggles, and celebrate each others' success."

Check out my buttercream rose tutorial!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGa5j46Z05c
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post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jeepgirl73

This is my favourite tutorial on smooth buttercream. http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-682196-0.htmlIt's by user Tutugirl

I have read others and I have DVD's but this tutorial was so simple and the first time I read this thread my buttercream came out perfect. I live in Canada and we don't have Viva papertowel so I just use parchment paper to smooth




I agree! This is so simple, and really works. One of the things this helps with is even icing. I would always have way more icing in one section of the cake and too little in another. I love this method.
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