Friday, May 24, 2013

Smoothing Buttercream


Lately I have been really unmotivated. 
I don't know why but I wish I did. I think it is just that I want to be set in a career already and not just passing my days with a job that I don't see working out as a career.
I have been trying to make a plan to get to where I want to be but it is stressful and leaves me confused, angry and sad all at the same time. It sucks... 

Now it does not all suck but some of it does, the part that does not suck is that I am going to be teaching the Wilton decorating classes at JoAnn's! 
I am pretty excited for this as it will allow me to be creative as well as teach others which will in turn help me become a better cake decorator. To all of you that means... 1 if you live in OC you should come take my class and 2 if you don't you will see my posts on here and most likely this will be the start of some video tutorials!

The first tutorial I have for y'all is smoothing buttercream to make it look smooth like fondant. I also made a video and it is below but it did some weird green line thing so just ignore that. 

First things first, cover your cake with buttercream. 
After you cake is covered with the butter ream let it sit and "crust" by crust I mean you should be able to lightly press your finger into the buttercream and not see your print or a blemish.
After the cake has had adequate time to crust you will want to take a smoother surface- I prefer Viva papertowels, they have no print and they work great but wax paper or parchment works as well. 
Lay the paper of your choice on the spot you wish to smooth and with flat fingers lightly rub the paper in a back in left to right motion. Once that area is smooth pick up the paper and move to another area and repeat. 

It is a simple concept but it works really well for the times you do not want to use fondant but you want a smooth cake that will imitate the look of fondant. 
This is my preferred method as I am not a huge fan of the taste of fondant, but each person has their own taste preference.

So what do you say are you going to bake a cake?! I might! I gotta start working on all my technical flowers again so I can figure out the best way to make it to be the best teacher I can be!

Until next time!
Stay Crafty
-Jesika

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