I was inspired to create tie-dyed buttercream cut-outs. I had never heard of such a thing, and had obviously never done it, but I thought "what the heck".... so I decided to give it a try.
First I tinted buttercream and dolloped it onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. I tapped the cookie sheet (quite hard) on the counter to get the buttercream to settle and flatten as much as possible.
I took a toothpick and swirled the icing together to create a tie-dye effect.
Next, I put another sheet of wax paper on toop of the buttercream and smoothed it flat with a fondant smoother. I put the sheet in the freezer so it would get good and firm. NOTE: I used a combination of Swiss and American buttercream... I don't think this would work with just American buttercream alone. Shortening doesn't get as firm as butter when it's cold, and there is a LOT of butter in Swiss buttercream (yummmm.....).
Isn't it gorgeous? I was on pins a needles at this point... it was so beautiful, but if the cut outs didn't work, then there was a waste of time and buttercream.... plus I still needed to decorate the cake in some way....
I found that metal cutters worked better than plastic (the plastic is too thick and the buttercream was more prone to stick to the plastic).
I carefully removed each cut out and placed it back into the freezer. I needed them to be good and cold before handling them to place on the cake. I think they're so fun and so pretty....
I would absolutely use this technique again... A couple of notes... I think using Swiss buttercream alone would cut better and cleaner, plus remain firm enough to handle for a longer period of time. These cut-outs were in and out of the freezer a LOT...
Second note? They really did need to be thinner... next time, I would pipe the buttercream onto the wax paper. I think I would have more control over the thickness of the final product.
This project has really set my mind on a creative tangent... when the holiday season is over, I am certainly going to try some of my ideas. Like, for instance, a tie-dye wrapped cake???? Sounds cool doesn't it?
Happy baking and decorating everyone... I hope you enjoyed my buttercream experiment... I know I did!