This makes it well worth your while to learn how to create great tasting and doing buttercream. You may find you can use it to fill and cover a cake (providing a canvas for a number of cosmetic work), pipe decorative borders, and create icing flowers and other decorations.
You’ll find many kinds of buttercream, such as crusting and non-crusting, strawberry (made with fresh strawberries is best!) Crusting buttercream dries into a semi-hard consistency, but not cement tough like royal icing. People who prefer a less sugary icing can utilize a less-sweet-buttercream recipe.
If you have ever made a wedding cake, then you already know the need to flip out a velvety, fondant-like buttercream icing. As any cake decorator will let you know, producing a creamy buttercream icing and then smoothing it into a wrinkle and crack surface in your cake can be complicated. No worries. There are several tried and true methods that can help you to consistently create smooth buttercream icing with every new cake.
One that you’ve iced your cake, enable your buttercream to sit down for around 15 minutes, enabling it to form a crust.
Also be sure the paper towel is white so there is no chance of colour’s bleeding on you cake.
Step 1. Press the clean, dry paper towel on the surface of your cake with the objective of pressing out any lumps in the frosting.
Step 2. The natural warmth from your hand help’s smooth the frosting below the towel.
Step 3. Continue to gently glide the paper towel and push out bumps and wrinkles on the whole surface of your cake till the surface is perfectly or near perfectly smooth.
And to provide you with a excellent buttercream to try this out with, here is one of our favorite buttercream recipes.
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon of clear vanilla taste
1 teaspoon of crème fragrance flavoring (optional)
1/4 cup water or milk (add more as needed or to get thinner consistency)
2 Pounds of sifted powdered sugar
Mix the shortening and butter until well mixed. Insert milk/water and flavoring and keep mixing. Once well blended, turn off the mixer.
Adjust mixer’s setting to the lowest rate, and mix just until the ingredients begin to come together. A stand mixer will need about 2 minutes, while a hand mixer will need 5 minutes or longer.
If the icing is too stiff and you may tell the mixer is faking, add more liquid to get the ideal consistency. If it gets too soft, add more powdered sugar.