Smooth Butter Cream
How do you get butter cream to be smooth? I would rather not use fondant this time but would like the same smooth appearance. Thanks
Hi Barbara, Not an easy thing to do. Here are a couple of posts that pertain to that very question. Read these first.
here is from a visitor who asked what type of icing to use to make her cake look smooth as she didn't want to go the fondant route.
And this tip is in the comments section under the question. It's a great cake decorating tip by the woman who submitted her first wedding cake picture. She uses a paper towel over her buttercream and then smooths it with a fondant smoother. I have been seeing more cake decorators talking about this method lately.
I use a hot spatula to smooth mine. After I frost the cake and get the buttercream as smooth as I can I then take a spatula and dip it in hot water. Wipe the spatula so there is not water or very little water left on it and run it over your frosting.
You can also try this cake decorating frosting recipe from Wilton It is made with shortening which is easier to work with. I occasionally use this recipe for making crisp roses and leaves, but do not like the thought of eating it.