How to Frost a Cake
Properly frosting a cake is no longer a mystery with these five simple steps and strategies that will give your cake a sweet makeover.
Unwrap the cake layers, and place 1 layer on a cake stand. Slip strips of wax paper beneath the edges to keep the stand clean.
To frost between the layers, place about 1 cup of frosting onto the center of the layer, and sweep outward with a spatula. An offset spatula, which allows for even spreading, is best because it keeps your hand away from the cake.
Place an unfrosted layer bottom-side up on the frosted layer. Apply a thin layer of frosting (known as a crumb coat) to the entire cake to seal in any loose crumbs. Allow it to set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
To frost the top of the cake, place about 1 cup of frosting onto the center of the cake, and spread to the edge. Cover the top with an even layer of frosting.
For the sides, load the spatula with frosting, and lightly push into the cake as you turn the cake stand. Continue spreading until the cake is evenly coated. Let the cake set in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before decorating it.