How to Frost a CakeSimple cakes served right from the baking pan can be easily finished with a generous layer of your favorite icing recipe. Make sure the cake is completely cooled and brush off any loose crumbs from the cake's surface before frosting. Layer cakes should also be completely cooled and brushed free of crumbs prior to frosting.
Splitting a cake layer: Most layer cake recipes are for two-layer cakes, but if you want to create a fancier dessert with four layers and more filling, you can split each cake layer in half. Use a ruler to measure the height of the cake layer. Insert wooden picks halfway up the side of the cake layer at 2-inch intervals.
Use a ruler to measure the height of the
cake layer and insert wooden picks.
A length of thread makes a clean cut
through the center of the cake layer.
Tuck strips of waxed paper under
the edges of the cake to keep
the plate clean while frosting.
Don't worry about crumbs getting
mixed into the frosting between
the layers. It won't show!
A thin base coat of frosting gives the
cake a smoother, cleaner finish and
makes frosting the cake much easier.
To frost the cake top, spoon a mound of frosting in the center and spread it outward to all edges. Hold a narrow metal spatula under hot running water, shake off the excess water and use the damp spatula to quickly smooth a section of frosting with long strokes, moving in one direction. Repeat until the frosting is smooth on the cake top and sides.
A dampened metal spatula is the perfect
tool for creating a smooth finish.
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