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Here are some ideas on the proper way to frost your cakes. Frosting can make (or break) a delicious cake. After learning how to frost your cake, see other pages on this site for delicious frosting recipes.


There are many reasons why you may chose to frost your cake. Frosting helps keep your cake moist while also adding flavor and texture. Perhaps most importantly, it adds beauty or a sense of festivity to the cake. Here are a few tips to make sure your frosting experience is the best it can be.


Before you begin frosting your cake, you should allow it to cool thoroughly. If possible, it is a good idea to place your cake in the refrigerator for a few minutes prior to frosting.

Brush all obvious crumbs off the surface of the cake.

Place the bottom layer of the cake on the serving plate. You may wish to place a piece of parchment paper under the cake extending out a couple inches around the cake, or you may wish to place a few strips of waxed paper just under the edges of the cake. Both methods help keep the serving plate clean while you frost your cake. Just be sure to remove the paper after you have completed frosting your cake.


You will want to apply your frosting in two layers or coats. The first coat will help to cover and trap or control any crumbs that may become loosened from the cake during the frosting process. It is not necessary to do this between the layers as this frosting doesn't show anyway. You can make your first (only) coat of frosting between the layers the desired thickness. Most people use about ½ cup frosting between the layers of a two layer cake.


After frosting between the layers of your cake, remove about 1/3 of your remaining frosting and place it in a separate bowl with a little milk or water to thin it. Then apply a thin coat to the top and sides of your cake. It is best to use a narrow metal spatula for this. You should allow the first coat of frosting to dry for about 15 minutes before applying your second coat. Apply your second coat of frosting on the sides of your cake first. You should frost from the top of the cake to the bottom. Be sure to wipe the spatula each time prior to placing back into the frosting bowl.


Lastly, spoon the remaining frosting in the middle of the top layer of the cake. Spread the frosting towards the edges of the layer. Finish by holding your spatula under hot running water, shake the spatula to get rid of any water droplets, and use the spatula to smooth out your frosting. Use long strokes and do this quickly. This extra step will give your cake a more finished, professional look. Some go a step further and lay a piece of parchment paper over the cake and lightly rub it, then carefully remove for a nice smooth finish. This can be done on the top and sides of the cake. The parchment paper can be reapplied if you are not fully satisfied with the results the first time. You are now ready to serve your cake or continue to decorate it to give it a special occasion look.