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Buttercream Cake

Created in this Craftsy class

Modern Buttercream taught by Joshua John Russell

Cut, level, fill and crumb coat your layers like a professional then learn Joshua John Russell's trade secrets for a beautiful buttercream finish for free!

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Category Cake Decorating
Material Buttercream
Style Traditional
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is this smbc or something else?

03/03/2013 Flag

Its not, I use the recipe above. SMBC, although I like the shiny look of it, I live in the hot, humid south, so a SMBC cake probably won't make it.

03/09/2013 Flag

The recipe is very simple, 1 pound of room temp butter, cup of High Ratio Shortening. I do not use Crisco. Two tablespoons of clear vanilla, one tablespoon of butter extract. Two to three tablespoons of meringue powder . Use a whisk attachment and cream those ingredients together until smooth. Change to a paddle attachment and start incorporating about 5 to 6 cups of Sifted powder sugar. Sifting gets rid of lumps and makes the icing extra smooth. If the mixture becomes a little dry, add a tablespoon or two of milk, not water. The trick is, mix the icing for about 8-10 minutes on a low to medium speed with the paddle attachment . This prevents air bubbles and makes the icing silky smooth. Apply to your cake with an offset spatula, crump coat , and chill in refrigerator. Apply second coat again with offset spatula, and smooth with a squeegee. Lastly, boil water, dip squeegee in water, wipe water off, and squeegee again. The hot squeegee smooths out the icing even more. I guess the biggest tip is to use quality products. I use Plugra butter and a high ratio shortening. Plugra butter is usually in the butter section of Walmart , and high ratio shortening , I order online . Hope this helps ladies and good luck!

03/08/2013 Flag

I cant wait to try it out! Thank you!

03/11/2013 Flag

High Ratio shortning is deff the way to go however if you order on line you will have shipping costs. I use alot of if so if you have a Dawn Foods or a Resturant Depot in your area it much more cost effective to to just got get it .

07/28/2013 Flag

Please can u tell me "What is the ratio of the shortening ?"I Live in Canada and probably don't have your name brand product ,so if you know the ratio we could probably find it here under a different label .

01/26/2014 Flag

Awesome Job!

03/29/2014 Flag