Make Your Own Wedding Cake

How to apply buttercream frosting like an expert.



If you are planning to make your own wedding cake, you would want to know the best and most efficient way to cover your cake with buttercream frosting. Achieving a perfectly smooth finish and prepare it for some simple cake decorations.

In this video tutorial by SeriousCakes, you will learn how to cover a cake with buttercream icing like an expert with cake decorating instructions. Here's a vanilla buttercream frosting recipe if you need one before you get started.

If you want a wedding cake recipe or need to know how to make a wedding cake, how to cover a cake with rolled fondant icing or make wedding cake decorations, you'll find other video tutorials near the end of the page for those. Mean while lets assume you have already baked your cake and ready to apply your buttercream icing.

Cake decorating tools that you will need:

• 1 large 16" featherweight piping bag, cut to fit tip
• 1 cake icing tip #789
• 2 offset spatulas
• Several scrapers in different sizes.
• Buy a roll of Viva brand paper towels.
• A cake decorating turntable or Lazy Susan.

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Wedding cake decorating tools to cover a cake with buttercream frosting.

Video Tutuorial
Covering a Wedding Cake with buttercream frosting


(Buttercream frosting - by SeriousCakes - covering a cake
with buttercream frosting - Video duration is 8:38 minutes)

Cover A Cake Using Buttercream

Here you'll learn how to make your own wedding cake and how to cover a cake using buttercream icing:

Place the first cake layer on the cake decorating turntable or Lazy Susan.
Fill the piping bag with buttercream frosting, cut to fit the tip #789.
Start applying buttercream frosting to the first cake layer. This will be the centre icing for your cake.
Use the small offset spatula to smooth the buttercream.
Position the next cake layer on top on of your frosting. Make sure to level your layers before hand placing another cake layer on top.
Line up the layers and remove any crumbs around the bottom.
Start icing the top cake layer and refill your piping bag if necessary. Apply buttercream icing to top cake layer first.
Then apply buttercream icing to the sides of cake.
With the small offset spatula start to smooth icing on top of cake and then the sides.
Then use a large scaper to smooth the buttercream icing on the side.
For the top of the cake use the large offset spatula the smooth the buttercream.
Once you're happy with the sides start on the top of the cake with the large offset spatula.
Now the frosting needs to 'crust' or dry a little. This will take about 7-15 minutes. Test by gently touching the frosting, if it sticks it is not ready for the paper towel step.
keep checking the cake, when the frosting no longer sticks to your finger it is ready for smoothing. It it begins to stick to the towel, let it 'crust' for another 3-5 minutes.
On top of the cake first; place Viva brand paper towel on top of almost dry icing and very gently iron the top of the towel from left to right using the smaller scraper.
Lift paper towel and reposition and continue to scrape top icing until perfectly smooth.
Then do the same to the side of the cake until perfectly smooth.
The last step is to use the back of your hands and fingers on the paper towel to smooth the edges and missed bits of the cake, this gives it that finishing touch.
You now have a perfectly smooth cake ready for your own unique wedding cake decorating ideas.

Wedding Cake Decorating Instructions with Pictures.

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1. Apply centre frosting to bottom cake layer.
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2. Use small offset spatula to smooth the buttercream.
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3. Position top cake layer and level the cake before hand.
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4. Apply buttercream icing to top cake layer first.
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5. Next apply buttercream icing to the sides of cake.
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6. With small spatula, start to smooth icing on top of cake first.
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7. Then use scaper to smooth the buttercream icing on the side.
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8. Use large off set spatula to smooth the top icing.
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9. Allow cake icing to dry and crust for 7-15 minutes. Touch with finger to test.
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10. Place Viva brand paper towel on top of almost dry icing.
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11. Scrape top of cake first, use the smaller scraper, press gently across the towel.
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12. Lift paper towel and reposition and continue to scrape top icing.
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13. Next do the same to the sides of the cake until you achieve a smooth surface.
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14. If there are any missed bits, press gently with back of hands & fingers to smooth out.
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15. Finished, a perfectly smooth cake ready for cake decorating.

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making your own cake, frosting & icing

Making your own Cake

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If you're looking for a dark fruit wedding cake recipe that will blow your socks off, here's one I regard as the perfect fruit cocktail cake. Tried and tested! This easy-to-follow recipe has step by step instructions, it will take the guesswork out of making your wedding cake.

Make a two tiered wedding cake:

If you think you would enjoy making a wedding cake, here you'll find a step by step video tutorial with easy to follow instructions that any novice can follow. A two tiered wedding cake is easier than you think.

Make cupcake wedding cakes:

Wedding cupcakes are a piece of cake, right? Well obviously - but if nobody's ever shown you how to make wedding cupcakes, follow this video tutorial, the wedding cupcake recipes are included.

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Make a decorative bow out of fondant:

make your own wedding cakeWouldn't it be fantastic to be able to make expert wedding cake decorations using rolled fondant icing? You'll learn how to make a decorative white bow to place on top of your finished wedding cake.

3 Cup cake decorating design ideas:

make your own wedding cakeCupcake decorating isn't merely a skill, it is an artform, but with the right cake decorating tools and the right cake decorating instructions, any cake decorating neophyte can turn her hand to cake decorating for weddings.

Make a buttercream flower bouquet for wedding cupcakes:

This cupcake decorating video tutorial has easy to follow cake decorating instructions. You'll learn to make perfect yellow Begonia and pink Carnation buttercream flower cake decorations and other simple cake decorations. Create and execute your own cake decorating design ideas.

Wedding cake decorations - learn to make sugar flowers:

Learn the fine art of cake decorating for weddings. This video tutorial will show you how to make sugar flowers to decorate you own wedding cake. It's a step by step cake decorating instructions on how to make expert wedding cake decorations.

Cake Frosting & Cake Icing

How to cover a cake with rolled fondant:

make your own wedding cakeHere you'll learn how to cover your wedding cake with rolled fondant icing. Making it so easy to decorate. You can either decorate your cake with silk or fresh flowers, swirls of buttercream frosting and or decorative scuptured sugar decorations. The sky's the limit.

How to cover a cake with buttercream frosting:

make your own wedding cakeDo you want to know the best and most efficient way to cover your cake with buttercream frosting? In this video tutorial you will learn how to achieve a perfectly smooth finish and prepare it for some simple cake decorations.

How to make marshmallow fondant:

This marshmallow fondant recipe is complete with instructions with a mini video with pictures. Marshmallow fondant is not so difficult to make. It's easy to work with, is deliciously tasty and the beautifully smooth white finish is the perfect base for wedding cake decorating.

How to make Swiss buttercream icing:

This delicious Swiss buttercream icing recipe is gorgeous and yummy and so easy to make, you'll wonder why you don't eat Swiss buttercream everyday. Psst! Too much of a good thing is a little naughty, that's why.

Vanilla buttercream icing recipe:

This traditional vanilla buttercream frosting recipe is commonly used for icing wedding cakes as well as making decorative buttercream flowers. For piping, you need a slightly thicker butter icing mixture, so you'ld use a little less of the heavy cream or corn syrup in the recipe provided.

 

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