911 Cake help

by Theresa
(South River,NJ)

I'm making the cake for my aunts 25th anniversary party. the cake is 3 tier the biggest tier will be white cake filled with buttercream icing the middle tier is chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling then the smallest tier is white cake with chocolate ganache filling. I want this to look beautiful but I'm unsure how to decorate it. I want to just use the buttercream icing to cover the cake but how do i make it look like a pro did it how should I decorate it without using fondant????

From the editor:

Hi Theresa,

Go to the hardware store and buy yourself a wide spackling knife (4"-6" wide blade) from the wallpapering department and, if you don't already have a cake decorating turntable, an inexpensive lazy susan from the kitchen department.

Use the wide, flat end of the spackling blade to smooth the buttercream on the side of the cake, as you turn the cake on the lazy susan. To do this, hold the face of the blade at a 45 degree angle to the cake's surface, with the straight edge of the blade at a 90 degree angle to the cke board. Practice with the smaller cake first, until you get the hang of it.

To smooth the top of the cake, start at the outer edge and work toward the center. The action you want is like a plane coming in to land and taking off again without stopping, using a very low approach angle.

Keep the decoration simple and elegant. Go for something like white, paisley-like swirls, on a white background.

Good luck.

Don't forget to come back here and show off your masterpiece.

Michelle (editor)

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