Monday, April 23, 2012
Post by: Jen
White buttercream* (recipe follows)
Flat portable surface (like cutting board)
INVERTED picture print out of your design
Piping bags (I would recommend these because buttercream is thick and your Ziplock baggies will burst)
Piping tips (plain holes, but not too small)
Coupler (to hold your piping tips in place)
*Buttercream decorating frosting recipe:
1 c butter, softened
1 c shortening (regular white shortening)
1 tsp butter flavoring (Wilton makes a good one)
1 tsp vanilla (use clear vanilla to keep the frosting more white)
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 lbs powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Cream butter, shortening, and salt until smooth. Add flavorings and mix together well. Add about 1 lb of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add 1/2 c powdered sugar at a time and keep mixing until desired consistency. Add a little water* (tsp at a time) to make it smoother or thinner if desired. You do want this one a little thin to make it easier to color in your lines. *Yes, you could use milk instead but then you'd have to refrigerate any leftover frosting.
**Important note: DO NOT use the store bought frosting in a container to do this and think that it will save you time. It will NOT freeze and therefore you will not be able to peel off the wax paper. I know this because I tried it one year and was seriously disappointed and had to end up piping the picture freehand at the last minute. Just thought I'd let you know.
Print out your picture in reverse. I guess for this Angry Bird it didn't really matter which way he was facing, but if you have words then you want it reversed. This is because we are going to flip the end result onto the cake and whatever you see now, will end up on the bottom. Tape your picture to the cutting board. Now tape wax paper over the top of the picture. Make sure the wax paper is smooth.
Now you may notice how thick your transfer is and that it's not blended in very well onto your cake. Just take a warm knife again, and begin to smooth the edges into the surface of your cake. You may need to add more frosting to make it all blend in well.
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