In looking at pics here, in a few books I have and online I'm noticing that the cakes might have more icing on them than I've been putting. Could that be part of my problem? I realize some of it will just be lack of experience
How thick of an icing layer do you ladies typically do?
First I do the crumbcoat. I spread the same frosting that I will use for the final coat very thinnly, applying it with a long spatula. This isn't pretty and it won't show. You can see the cake through it. It not only seals the crumbs against the cake (which is how it gets its name) but also seals freshness in for the times you don't have time to continue with the decorating right then, and it gives the final frosting a good surface to cling to.
After the crumbcoat is dry (or sometimes the next day, if it suits my schedule better) I apply the frosting with Wilton's Icer Tip (789). Like any tip, it takes a little practice to master, but, wow, this is definitely the way to get the frosting on thick and evenly. (It requires a turntable. Decorating requires a turntable, in my opinion.)
Once the frosting is on the cake, I use the spatula to smooth it and then the paper-towel method.
Could it be part of your problem that you are not putting on enough icing? Yup! Fortunately, that is easy to fix.
I too apply my icing with the cake icer tip (tip 789). It helps to dispense an ample uniform amount of icing, if you are not too terribly close to the cake. Smooth with a long metal angled spatula. After crusting, I go back and knock off a few high points.
You definitely need enough icing to not have cake peeking through.
I'm also going to go back to doing a crumbcoat. I haven't for the cakes I've done for my class and those are the ones I've had the hardest time with. The one I did for my cousin I did do a crumboat and it was MUCH easier for me.
Hmm - I'm also using 2 diff types of buttercream too, the class one and one with butter. I definitely find the butter one easier to pipe too.
Yep - definitely need more practice ;D
As they also stated, it does take some mastering, but I wouln't go back to what I was doing before using it !!!
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