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post #1 of 36
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Hi Cakers!

I'm a big fan of smoothing buttercream with commputer paper! I always wondered, is their a brand, thickness and brightness that is best for this method??

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post #2 of 36

It's not a food-safe product so I don't use it.  But cardstock is stiffer if you like that.  I just use a scraper to smooth.  If I'm really anal about the spatula lift marks, then I can go over it with a piece of parchment.  My buttercream crusts only very lightly so I have to use a light hand.

post #3 of 36
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Thank you!  I learned this from Sharon Zambito.  If it's good for her, it is good for me!  =)

 

 

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post #4 of 36

I've never heard of using computer paper before.  I've only used the Viva paper towel method.  I may have to try it!

post #5 of 36
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I've never heard of using computer paper before.  I've only used the Viva paper towel method.  I may have to try it!

It is amazing!!!  Try it once and you will never stop!  =)

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post #6 of 36

Yes, she uses it in her video.  Have you guys tried practicing with a scraper?  You could throw all that other stuff away if you could use just your scraper (and save a lot of time, too!).

post #7 of 36

I always use computer paper when I use a crusting BC (obviously).  Its fantastic!  But as to the original question, I don't think there is any one brand that's better than the other.  I definitely would not use card stock.  Just regular copy paper is perfect. 

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post #8 of 36

Another reason to bake my own...I just can't stomach the idea of people using stuff like computer paper (stored goodness only know how in a dusty open pack) and baby wipes on FOOD.

 

Whatever happened to mixing icing to the consistency that permits smoothing immediately after application?

 

Whatever happened to simply putting enough icing onto the cake so that you could smooth it with a sanitized metal spatula?

 

Looks like online resources have dumbed down the skills that used to be normal. 

post #9 of 36
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Another reason to bake my own...I just can't stomach the idea of people using stuff like computer paper (stored goodness only know how in a dusty open pack) and baby wipes on FOOD.

Whatever happened to mixing icing to the consistency that permits smoothing immediately after application?

Whatever happened to simply putting enough icing onto the cake so that you could smooth it with a sanitized metal spatula?

Looks like online resources have dumbed down the skills that used to be normal. 


Thank you for your input. Personally, I keep my computer paper sealed. In addition having food come in contact with paper is no different than the plastic utensils that a lot use while baking. Plastic contains Bisphenol, which can be very harmful.

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post #10 of 36

Baby wipes?  You have got to be kidding.  Yeah, like I mentioned earlier, my scraper and spatula are my buddies in the kitchen.  Practice with that, and you can throw away all your Vivas, computer paper, paint rollers, and other stuff.  Plus you save an incredible amount of time.

post #11 of 36

Instead of computer paper, I use the non-glossy side of butcher paper or parchment pan liners. 

post #12 of 36

That's fine if you don't want to use computer paper or viva or paint rollers, but you don't have to bash those that do.  By the way, using those would take those spatula marks and pock marks right out of your buttercream cakes - I can see them in your gallery.  We take the time to do these things because we don't want to rush through and have our BC look unfinished.  I'm not trying to offend you, but don't knock it 'till you've tried it.

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post #13 of 36

What are the spatula marks I see referenced? From lifting a cake to set it on top of another one? 

post #14 of 36

No, not from lifting a cake.  They're from smoothing the sides and top with a spatula or bench scraper and then not bothering to go over it again carefully to get rid of the marks.

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post #15 of 36

Oh I'm sorry, I see this is about crusting buttercreams.

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