How to Decorate with Buttercream Icing | Cake Decorations

How to Decorate with Buttercream Icing | Cake Decorations


Hi, my name is Amanda Oakleaf. I am owner, head baker, decorator of Amanda
Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts where we do custom cakes of all kinds — wedding
cakes, birthday cakes, sculpted cakes. Anything you can think of we can make it into
a cake. And today I will be talking to you about cake
decorating. So now we’re going to go through the steps
of butter creaming a cake. We bake our cakes in two. One is the ticker version twice as high as
the other. That way when you cut this one in half, and
this one, we’re just going to level it. We’ll have three layers of cake and two layers
of filling inside. This tool that I have here is a cake leveler. It’s just a serrated wire and we adjust the
notches on the side to the cake we want. We just want to take off this dome on the
top of the cake. That way your cake stacks up nice and level. We’re going to cut our most thick one in half. Now we have three layers of cake. So you want to start with that. A little bit of butter cream on the cardboard
round helps the cake to stick. First layer. Make sure it’s centered right in the middle
of the cardboard. A big scoop of frosting in the middle. You want to use a miss america wave technique
and that will spread the frosting evenly and spin the turn table with your opposite hand
as you go. And don’t worry if some hangs off the edge,
that’s perfectly fine. We’re going to use that later to frost the
sides of the cake. Now to level it off you want to spin the turntable
with one hand and then use the spatula spreader to level it. So make sure you keep this level and keep
one hand still. Spin the turntable, and that will scrape off
all the extras and level off the cake. Again, leave this extra frosting on the outside. That will help us in the end. Next cake layer, and then repeat the same
process for the next layer. The last layer, if we flip it over we’ll have
a nice sealed edge and that will keep a lot of crumbs out of our final coat. So an even bigger scoop on the top of the
cake. We’re going to do the outside. You want all that frosting to fall over the
edge. Then you want to level off the top same as
the other two layers. You want to do that same miss america wave
that we were doing here on the side so work now perpendicular to the table and you can
add frosting as you go. It’s not going to be enough, what we have
here. It’s better to start with more frosting on
the cake than you think. We can always scrape it off, however if we
scrape too far you’re going to have crumbs mixed in and it won’t be as pretty. So we want to use our dough cutter. You can do this in a spinning motion keeping
your right hand still, and you want to keep it straight up and down keeping it perpendicular
to so that levels it. Then add a little decoration. You can use a comb piece, you could use a
fork, and you want to do this all in one motion. You don’t want to stop and go. So you can wrap one hand all the way around,
double over, and you should be able to get that pattern all in one turn around. You can see the peaks that we have up here. You want to make sure your spatula’s all cleaned
off. Then you want to pull these in and level off,
and that’s our cake and you’re ready to decorate.

95 thoughts on “How to Decorate with Buttercream Icing | Cake Decorations

  1. Use the Miss American wave technique. Wow. I think that's the most helpful instruction I've ever had. It makes sense. And I'm NOT being sarcastic.

  2. You make smoothing very simple…thank you!! I have a problem with cake bulges after I have smoothed my cake. Can you offer any advice?

  3. @thoiwei LOL I know what you mean! I was about to give up on learning how to ice a cake after hearing all the other tutorials. Finally something simple and inexpensive!

  4. I have this cake recipe:

    1 3/4 C. flour
    2 C. sugar
    3/4 C. cocoa
    1 1/2 t. baking soda
    1 1/2 t. baking powder
    1 t. salt
    2 eggs
    1 C. milk
    1/2 C. vegetable oil
    2 t. vanilla extract
    1 C. boiling water

    its really nice but i little soft and i want to ake a cake like yours which is stacked is it possible? or will it sink?
    Thanks!!

  5. Hi, I was just wondering if it's possible to make perfect fluffy buttercream icing with only an electric hand mixer?

  6. I'm not a professional decorator by any means, but I believe it is! I make my own buttercream using a 2 to 1 ratio of crisco to margarine with vanilla and powdered sugar to taste. The trick is to blend the crisco and margarine on a high speed for several minutes to aerate before adding anything else, then add the vanilla and blend more before adding the sugar. Hope this helps!

  7. I just had to buy one myself. You can get one at Target for $20. It is by the brand Oster and even comes with a dough hook– which is AWESOME if you bake breads .^_^.

  8. Crisco is a brand of shortening. In researching what to look for in the UK, the brand I came up with is Flora white. (and I hope it's the right thing since I have never heard of it before) .^_^. Not to be gross about it, but shortening is a solid white vegetable fat — so, if that's what Flora white is, then that is what I would use. Hope that helps

  9. Hi thnx u haven't cum across flora white but nw I knw ts veg fat I think I seen a product tat z pure veg fat, does t taste gud n make the buttercream white

  10. Question: did you go to culinary/pastry school or are you self-taught? If you did go to school or get some kind of official training, can I ask where you went? I'm thinking of changing careers and going into the cake business and would really appreciate your input. Thanks in advance.

  11. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! you have giving me the confidence to decorate my wife's birthday cake. You are awesome Amanda Thank you for you're time….bayarea Angel

  12. Lovely demonstration… you make everything lool so simple. Where would I find your measurements for the frosing ingredients, please. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU SPEACK AND EXPLAIN US EVERYTHING. CONGRATULATIONS , YOUR VIDEOS ARE PERFECT, LOVE THE MUSIC TOO. I SEND A HUGE EMBRACE FROM ARGENTINA. FRANCISCO MARQUEZ BAKER . MUY DIVERTIDOS LOS VIDEOS

  14. Thank you for the tutorial. I found it very helpful. Can you tell me what tool you are using to smooth the frosting. It sounded like you said a dough cutter. I cannot find it online. Is it also called a bakers blade?

  15. Hello Amanda, does this butter cream technique work if I make my frosting with nuts and liquid processed together eg as in a cashew nut frosting? Thanks

  16. Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else    wants to discover  
    how to decorate a cake like a professional video  try Greega Cookie Cake Guru (should be on google have a look ) ?  Ive heard some awesome things about it and my friend got amazing success  with it.

  17. Hi!!! I tried the same cake with buttercream but mine wasn't as neat as yours. My cake was a chocolate cake and once I covered with the buttercream the side's of the cake wasn't neat the cake particles under the buttercream was visible. Can you please let me know the way to avoid it.

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