5 easy buttercream textures using everyday tools

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Texture adds a depth to cakes that other techniques cannot match. Whether it’s creating life-like grass for a child’s birthday cake, fuzzy fur on a teddy-bear cake, or fabric on a couture wedding cake, texture can take your cake from drab khổng lồ fab! You don’t need lớn invest in piles of expensive tools (sorry!); you can create lots of amazing techniques with everyday tools that you already have in your kitchen. Join buttercream guru Kerrie Wyer for this insightful blog post & get crafty & creative in your kitchen!

The power of the Pastry Brush 

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Pastry brushes, or silicone basting brushes, are completely food–safe, easy lớn clean, and come in a variety of bristle styles. This simple tool is a secret texture-creating weapon; perfect for fur, grass, woodgrain, concrete, & a host of other strand–like textures. Lớn use a silicone brush to add texture khổng lồ your buttercream, you need to use a crusting buttercream recipe, and, more importantly, you need to địa chỉ your texture before your buttercream crusts. If your buttercream is getting a bit too dry, you can remedy this by dipping the brush into some warm water, shaking off the excess, and brushing again. 

Breathtaking Brushstrokes 

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There’s really no limit to what texture you can create with a simple paintbrush, from smooth ridges, to  

recessed filigree, and elaborate scroll patterns. Paintbrushes can use them to lớn blend edible food paints into your buttercream, hand-paint lettering, the works! When choosing a paintbrush for use with food, be sure the brush is clean, không tính phí of rust or chipping paint, và has never been used with non-edible materials like acrylic paints. I pre-wash all of my brushes with dishwashing liquid before use. It helps to invest in a quality paintbrush—this will minimize shedding of the bristles during use. To địa chỉ texture using a paintbrush, use on buttercream that has not crusted, but for handletting and precision work make sure you chill your cake first to create a firm surface on which to lớn work. 

 Fancy Foil 

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Create your own texture roller with aluminum foil! You can create pretty much any style you can  model, but I have chosen khổng lồ go with a rough texture, perfect for grass. You can also use foil to create rough-shaped stamps, và even texture combs! If you are using a buttercream that does not crust, chill slightly until the surface of the cake is dry & firm. 

Paper-Towel Textures 

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It’s not just for cleaning up after you! Paper towels makes a perfect disposable texture mat. It’s food-safe, it’s paper, so it doesn’t create a suction lượt thích some plastic and silicone mats can, and there’s usually lots of interesting textures available. You can also use fabrics, but be mindful that some fibers or dyes may be unsafe for food, so stick to lớn un-dyed & natural fabrics lượt thích muslin or cotton. For best results, use on crusted Buttercream. 

 

Step 1: Frost your cake however you like! You can even use this technique on globe cakes and sculpted cakes, as you can khung the towel khổng lồ the shape of your cake. 

Tool-Time Fun 


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A simple texture roller can create a beautiful impression


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This gorgeous pattern was created with a daisy cutter!


There are some many amazing textures just waiting lớn be created from the everyday items in your kitchen draws! Pretty much all tools and gadgets from homeware stores are food-safe, so go to lớn town! You never know what you’ll create until you try, & making a mess is all part of the fun! The best part is you can always eat the evidence! 


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Kerrie Wyer

Kerrie Wyer is a self-taught baker, caker, and all around lover of buttercream. She is the brains behind the popular blog, website & facebook group known as Viva La Buttercream. Kerrie was a frequent contributor lớn American Cake Decorating magazine, covering cake decorating topics on all things buttercream. She currently owns a cake decorating school & teaches various hands-on classes và workshops. You can learn more about Kerrie and her artistry by visiting https://www.vivalabuttercream.com/