Sharp Edges Buttercream Cakes – Cake Decorating Basics
Sharp edges on cakes are the recent trend. Getting sharp edges on buttercream cakes can be a bit more challenging than with ganache. These two simple, easy and effortless methods will surprise you. Sharp edges can be difficult and yet extremely easy if you use the right technique and method such as these.
Getting a flat and leveled cake actually starts from the basic of making sure you level, tort and fill your cakes right. I have shown you two methods for 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 hour-long 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 with the basics – right from tools. It 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 the weather is good where you live, then you won’t’ need to rush with the sharp edges on your buttercream cakes. But in my case, the weather is hot and humid. So, time is not on my side. As a result, I have to work 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 voiceover is not the best. Not sure why, 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 no right or wrong method. The only thing that matters is what works for you.
There is an upside down method as well as a parchment method. Many are comfortable using acrylic circles. I’m sure they are all good!!
I started with this method and I find that 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 normally do.
- level your cake.
- Torte 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 a filling of your 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 layer 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 buttercream 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 use the same method when getting sharp edges on Ganache cakes as well