Tips for Frosting a Cake
Trim the tops of cakes to create an even surface. To keep your cake stand neat while frosting the cake, tuck strips of parchment paper underneath the cake after you've placed it on the stand and before you begin frosting. Carefully remove the strips before serving the cake. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cake to seal in crumbs (called "crumb coating"). Chill for about 30 minutes before applying the final coat of frosting. This will help keep crumbs from working their way into the layer of frosting. An offset spatula works best when frosting a cake. To keep a tall cake from sliding while you work, insert a bamboo skewer through the center.
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