(Closed) Help with buttercream frosting cake designs

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Member
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We had buttercream and my friend made our cake…It was soooo yummy!

Post # 4
Hostess
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What part of fondant don’t you like? You can always “peel if off” and not eat it even though its edible! You can have buttercream in the cake and on it and then covered in fondant for the pattern/detail work.

I hate eating fondant but love the look of fondant so I requested a fondant cake.

 

Post # 5
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We had some quilting done on our buttercream cake! Our baker made our buttercream cake just about as smooth as fondant. I don’t have photos here at work but I will try to get them to you. Maybe PM me as a reminder? 🙂

Post # 6
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

What kind of quilted pattern are you looking for?

There are many, many designs available for buttercream/icing cakes.  I think I would probably find a different baker if she was unwilling or unsure that she could do a decorated buttercream.

You can get any look you want with buttercream, from very smooth (fondant-like) to the hand-whipped look, to basketweave or buttercream roses.

Google Image Link

Post # 7
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9579 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m thinking of doing something like that.  But I like simple and clean lines.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Google Images Quilted Buttercream

It’s totally possible.  I wouldn’t pay the ~$2/slice premium for fondant if you don’t like it.

Again, if the baker says she can’t get it very smooth I would believe her and go with someone else who can give you the look you are looking for.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Here are some more, not sure how detailed you are wanting.  I also really like the rosettes.  But if I were doing those I would maybe alternate a layer with rosettes with a layer of just smooth icing–so you’d alternate.  You might also look into someone else…they should be able to get buttercream very smooth.

Post # 11
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@Anise:  Oh yep. Our cake looked VERY similar to those you linked to. And it was so affordable!

Post # 13
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@zaakaawaa:  Got it! I will try to get you a photo or two tonight.

So, have you shown your baker the image of what you want done? I’d hate for you to have to switch bakers but I’d also hate for you to sacrifice the design you want when you know it’s possible!

Post # 14
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

That cake is totally possible in buttercream.  See buttercream diamond quilted cake.

The decorations would be done in buttercream or royal icing.  You might not get the exact look of the ribbon but it would be close.

Honestly I would keep looking, but that’s because my mother used to decorate cakes for a living and I *know* that it’s not hard to get buttercream to smooth out.  So any baker who said they couldn’t do that would not be worth it for me to talk to.  At the very least see if you could get some reviews of her work.

If you feel you have to go with this baker, and she’s very insistant she can’t do a smooth buttercream, then I would go with a different design.  You don’t want the stress of having your cake come out differently than expected on the day of your wedding.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The best way to get the quilting look on a buttercream cake is to wait until the buttercream has hardened, then use a pattern or free hand to make the quilting. I like the icing dots better than the pins…it’s easy to miss a pin when serving cake. 

The quilting does look clearner on a fondant coated cake, but with a little time and effort, it can be done just as well on buttercream.

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