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Video:How to Frost a Cake

with Rachel Thebault

Nothing completes a fresh-made cake more than a sweet coating of icing. Learn how long you should let a cake cool before frosting it, and also how to ice a crumb coat.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Frost a Cake

Hi, I'm Rachel Thebault from Tribeca Treats for About.com Food. Today I'm going to show you how to ice a cake.

Items Needed to Frost a Cake

You will need:
  • a cake stand or bowl with a flat bottom
  • offset spatula
  • icing
  • cake

Prepare the Cake for Frosting

I've pre-baked a cake and chilled it in the fridge. Chilling the cake prevents crumbs from falling off into the icing. I've also sliced the top of the cake to make the layers as flat and even as possible.

Frost the Crumb Coat

Take some of the icing and spread it evenly over the bottom layer. For a cake with 1 inch thick layers, you want about 1/4 inch of icing in the middle.

Next, place the second layer on top and check to make sure it's centered with the bottom side facing up. Then gently press the layers together so they hold in place.

Then coat the top and sides of the cake with a very thin layer of icing. This is the crumb coat, which separates any crumbs from the outer part of the cake. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.

Finish Icing the Cake

Finally, generously spread the remaining icing around the sides and the top, until you have an even coat - about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick. Smooth the top and the sides with the offset spatula.

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