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How To Frost a Cake


How To Frost a Cake
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Here are some simple steps for frosting a cake.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Let the cake cool, uncovered, for four hours (or overnight).
  2. Slice off thin layer, if top of cake is domed.
  3. Use a pastry brush to clean off loose crumbs.
  4. Place a spoon of icing on a serving plate to keep cake from sliding.
  5. Place the first layer on the plate, top side down.
  6. Spread 1/2 cup of frosting to the edges on the first layer.
  7. Place the second cake layer on top of the first layer, top side up.
  8. Frost the top and then the sides of the cake.
  9. For a smooth finish, let the cake set for an hour.
  10. Gently rub the surface smooth with parchment paper and your hands.


  1. Store cakes in an airtight container at about 40 degrees.
  2. Freeze a frosted cake on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, place it in a plastic bag.
  3. Thaw cake, unwrapped, at room temperature.
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