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7 Biggest Mistakes Cake Decorators Make... And How To Avoid Them!

Here is the first one:

1. “How do I make cake icing completely smooth?”

Some cake artists are so highly skilled that all they need is a big (8") spatula and a turntable to smooth icing into silk. But then there’s the rest of us! We need a few more cake decorating tips and tools than that to make our cake icing behave and be smooth.

Here are the top two methods for bringing cake icing under control:

# 1) The Paper Towel Method

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First, use buttercream icing and smooth out what you can with an icing spatula. Let it dry for about 15 minutes to form a crust. (This won't work with icing that won't crust) Then lightly place a plain paper towel (like “Viva”) on the area to be smoothed and gently rub it with the palm of your hand. The warmth of your hand will soften the icing just enough to smooth out any bumps and ridges...
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# 2) The Spatula Method

Warm an icing spatula by holding it under warm water before smoothing out the icing. (Just make sure the spatula doesn't have too much water on it!) The warmth and little bit of wet will polish your cake to a velvety smooth finish...
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# 3) The Glaze Method

Glaze the surface of the cake first. The glaze acts as a sealant to prevent the icing from picking up any crumbs and covers any imperfections on the cake's surface making for a smoother base.  Once the glaze has set and dried, ice your cake as usual or try one these new techniques!

NOTE: If at any time you are getting waves or mounds of icing, your icing may be too thick. Try adding a bit of corn syrup to thin it out...
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