How to frost a cake

A generous layer of icing can turn simple cakes into spectacular ones. Learn how to frost cakes like a pro with these simple steps...

  1. Make sure that the cake is completely cooled and brush off any loose crumbs from the surface
  2. Place the bottom layer of the cake on a plate lined with grease proof paper
  3. Place about half a cup of filling onto the top of the bottom layer and spread it evenly with a knife or narrow metal spatula
  4. Leave to set for five minutes then place the top layer on top
  5. Place around one third of the frosting in a bowl and add a couple of dashes of milk to thin its consistency. This will be the base layer
  6. Spread this mixture over the entire cake to smooth any remaining crumbs
  7. Let the first coat dry for around 20 minutes
  8. Spread the sides of the cake with the thicker frosting, working from top to bottom and rotating the cake as you go
  9. Ensure that the spatula is well coated with frosting as you go along - this will prevent it from picking up any crumbs
  10. Wipe the spatula before you put it back into the frosting
  11. To frost the top of the cake, place a mound of frosting in the centre and spread it out evenly over the surface using the spatula
  12. Smooth the frosting in long strokes, moving in one direction
  13. Repeat this motion until the frosting is smooth on the tops and sides

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