Sharp Edges Buttercream Cakes
Getting Sharp Edges on Buttercream cakes have become a recent trend and pride of cake decorators even when you don’t actually need them. They can be difficult and yet extremely easy if you use the right technique and method which I’m going to show you here in this post.
Getting a flat and leveled cake actually starts from the basic of making sure you level, tort and fill you cakes right. I have show you two methods to doing this. One is the simple and easy method as shown in the picture collage below. The second is in this video where I use a cake board on the top and bottom.
About the video tutorial.
I know it’s LONG!! It’s a one hour video and some of you may complain but I know that those of you who are just starting off will appreciate it. I have started from the basics – right from tools. It’s covers me showing the basics of how I level, torte, fill, crumb coat, get sharp edges on buttercream cakes as well as how I cover my buttercream cake with fondant.
If you enjoy good weather then you wont’ need to rush with the sharp edges on your buttercream cakes but in my case, time in not a luxury so I have to act fast, before the condensation starts. Those of you who live in hot and humid climates will know what I mean by rush. Right.
Anyway, I do hope you find this tutorial useful. The voice over is not the best. Not sure why my camera was not so great but hopefully by the end of this year (Christmas 2015 – Christmas gift – if Santa approves) then I may be able to find a better solution for my videos. Keep your fingers crossed for me on that one.
Well for now I do hope you find this video useful.
How to get sharp edges on Buttercream Cakes – Method Two
There are many different methods out there that claim to get the sharpest possible edge on Buttercream cakes. Honestly, there is not right or wrong method. The only thing that matters is what you find works for you.
There is an up side down methods as well as a parchment methods. Many are comfortable using acrylic circles. I’m sure they are all good!!
I started this method and I find it works best for me. I don’t have to spend money on extra tools or risk flipping my cake several times especially with the hot and humid weather I deal with.
So here is the most simple and easiest way I can Sharp Edges on Buttercream Cakes
- Bake and cool your cakes as per normal.
- level your cake.
- Tort the layers – cut each layer into two if you need.
- Ensure you work on a firm cake board.
- Secure the cake to the board with some icing.
- Fill the cake layers with Buttercream / Ganache or filling of you choice. (watch video on how to level torte and fill your cakes)
- Next, once you’ve added the final cake layer. Crumb coat the cake.
A crumb coat is a thin layers of frosting all around the cake, then chilled. Once you chill the crumb coat it ensures that all the crumbs stick to the cake.
After Crumb Coat
- Once the crumb coat is chilled – add a big dollop of frosting on the top of the cake. Smooth around. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour or so for it to firm up.
- Next, frost the sides of your cake. – Leaving a large lip of frosting on the top. Just as I have shown in the collage below. Smooth the sides as best possible. Chill the cake for an hour or more again. You want the frosting to set really well so you can actually use a knife to cut it.
- Next, use a sharp knife with hot water. Cut the extra lip of frosting you created on the top, flush with the top of the cake. This should give you a sharp edge.
- If necessary, add a thin layer of frosting to take care of all the air pockets or uneven spaces.
- Once the frosting is set. Ensure you have a level cake. If this is a butter cream cake – use a hot bench scraper to smooth the sides.
- I use this to cover my cakes with Fondant. You can see it’s fairly smooth and will work as a perfect base for fondant.
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You can then decorate these further with fondant and I plan to update this post soon showing you exactly how. So stay tuned.