How to Frost a Cake
, 6 min reading time
, 6 min reading time
If you are planning to start a bakery, knowing how to ice a cake is an essential part of the business. We’ll show you a few frosting tips to help you achieve smooth and clean sides on your cakes for a professional-looking final product. Learning how to frost a layer cake helps you to create a strong foundation for any celebration, from weddings and graduations to birthdays and baby showers.
In order to learn how to ice a cake smoothly, you’ll want to start by stocking up on the proper tools. Here’s are some cake frosting tools we recommend to help you get started:
If you don’t have access to a cake turntable, it’s possible to make your own. This can be done by turning a mixing bowl upside down and placing a plate or an upside-down cake pan that fits the diameter of your cake on top.
Use our easy-to-follow instructions to learn how to frost a cake like a professional:
Tip: Place a piece of parchment under each sponge to make them easier to lift and maneuver. You can use the scraps of the cake to make cake pops afterwards.
Tip: Consider placing a few strips of parchment paper under the edges of your cake. This makes it easier to remove excess icing and keep your cake clean and presentable.
Follow these steps to learn how to crumb coat a cake:
Tip: If you want to achieve a naked cake look, you can stop at this step.
A crumb coat is a light layer of icing that forms a barrier between the sponge’s surface and the final coat of icing. It ensures that crumbs stay out of the outer layer of frosting so that the finished product is smooth and without blemishes.
Tip: Be sure to not lift your spatula or scraper directly off the cake to keep from peeling off the crumb coat. Sweep the spatula over the surface of the cake and angle it off instead of lifting away.
Once your cake has been frosted smoothly, it should be ready for further decorations. You can now add some piped buttercream roses or writing to the top of the cake to customize it to your customers’ liking.
Learning how to decorate a cake with icing is an essential skill for any baker. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind to improve your cake-making efficiency and ensure that your cakes look professional every time.
Cake doming is usually caused by baking at temperatures that are too high for the batter. Use an oven thermometer to ensure that your oven is reaching the desired temperature of your recipe. You can also use a wet cake strip around your cake pan to keep the outside of your cake from cooking too quickly.
You may want to decorate the sides of your cake with baking toppings, like sprinkles, nuts, red velvet crumbs, etc. To do so, hold a bowl under the edge of your cake and pat a handful of your decorations onto the side of your cake, allowing the excess to fall into the bowl below.
Piping words onto a cake can be challenging! Before you add your message to the cake, practice your piping on a piece of paper by testing out different types of pastry bags and tips. Once you’re comfortable piping your message, outline your message on the cake with a toothpick and follow the outline to create a neat and legible final product.
Once you frost your cake and decorate it, cut the cake for your guests and serve! You’ll be preparing showstopping cakes in no time after implementing some of these tips and tricks!
Learn how to professionally frost a cake by watching our video below: