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How to Frost a Cake

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2008

Successfully baking a cake is only half the battle. Every baker knows the importance of good frosting and how to best use it on a cake. Today, Martha offers a few hints on how to frost a cake like a pro.

1. Every cake deserves a beautiful, clean cake stand. To make sure yours doesn't get covered in frosting, tuck strips of parchment paper underneath the cake after you've placed it on the stand.

2. Remove paper before serving.

3. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cake to seal in crumbs (called "crumb coating") and to keep them out of your finished product.

4. Chill for about 30 minutes before applying the final coat of frosting.

5. After frosting the cake, smooth the sides with a bench scraper held steady at a 45-degree angle. Slowly turn the cake stand (a turntable stand is best). An offset spatula works nicely for the top of the cake.

6. To keep the cake from sliding while you work, place a bamboo skewer through the center.


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