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Buttercream icing

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Hopeitsallok Wed 17-Jun-20 21:44:50

Hi I’m looking for some tips please.

Planning on making my ds a birthday cake and want to cover it with buttercream icing. Whenever I watch videos of people doing this it always goes on so smoothly and seems effortless but when I do it it seems to drag on the sponge and takes big chunks out of it!

Please help 😁

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dementedpixie Wed 17-Jun-20 21:46:28

Maybe need to make it looser by adding a little milk to the mix. Or refrigerate the sponge for a short while before using it.

JMG1234 Wed 17-Jun-20 21:47:03

I'm no pro but I find dipping a palette knife into hot water and the smoothing the buttercream helps

formerbabe Wed 17-Jun-20 21:47:51

Pop the cake in the freezer for a bit...then it's easier to ice.

dingit Wed 17-Jun-20 21:49:37

You need to do a crumb coat. So a layer goes on and you put in the fridge to harden. Your next layer will go on smooth. Probably not explained well but you can google it.

Hopeitsallok Wed 17-Jun-20 21:56:26

Thanks, this is helpful. I think I am making it far too thick and that’s why it’s pulling the sponge. I’ll thin it down and try sticking the sponge in the fridge beforehand too

Thanks everyone 👍

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Plural Wed 17-Jun-20 21:58:43

Agree with the other posters. Freeze the cake and also do a crumb coat then fridge /freeze briefly

Also have a cup of hot water and a kitchen towel. Dip the palette knife in the water to heat it up then wipe it dry before using on the buttercream

Hopeitsallok Wed 17-Jun-20 21:59:11

Also I meant to ask how easy is it to cover with fondant icing? Again it looks easy but maybe it’s something I should practice beforehand, don’t want to make a hash of ds’s cake

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formerbabe Wed 17-Jun-20 22:01:20

A round cake is pretty easy to cover with can even buy it pre rolled or buy the blocks and roll yourself. You can buy a kind of smoothing tool which helps to give a more professional finish.

MotherForkinShirtBalls Wed 17-Jun-20 22:02:37

Crumb coat plus warmed palate knife. And make sure you are using a thick enough coat, too thin is harder.

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