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How To Start Icing A Cake

How To Start Icing A Cake

In this video, the whole procedure of icing a cake is shown from start to finish. Watch how David & David of Outsider Tart show you how to exquisitely frost your layered cake.


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  • 3 cake layers

Step 1: Prepare the 1st Cake Layer

Make 4 strips out of your parchment paper, each about 1.5 inches in length. Arrange around the edge of your cake board. Take a serrated knife and cut along where the cake side ends and the dome begins. Slice through and take off the top of the 1st cake layer.

Step 2: Add the Frosting, Add the 2nd Layer

Add a dollop of frosting and work out towards the edges. Don't push out the frosting too close to the edge, leave about half an inch of space around the edges. Repeat the same cutting process for the 2nd cake layer. Make sure everything is flat and even. Add another dollop of frosting and work out to the edges in the same way.

Step 3: Add the 3rd Layer, Add More Frosting

Add the 3rd layer. Confirm again that all the layers are even and all the layers are aligned. Then add a large dollop of frosting to the top of the cake and begin layering, turning and spreading until the whole cake is covered with a consistent and smooth layer of frosting.

Step 4: Remove the Parchment Paper

In a clockwise motion, find the top parchment strip and pull clockwise and under the cake, this should give you a nice clean board with no smears of frosting.