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As moms, I am sure most of us have to learn baking cakes, whether it is for a school event, a simple fundraiser or Bake Sale, or something elaborate like a Birthday Cake! And more often than not, baking a cake is easy, thanks to tonnes of cake recipes floating around in the internet, but it is the Frosting part which leaves many of us intimidated. However, help is just a small click away! No matter if you're making a simple sheet cake or a layer cake, icing is easy when you follow these tips from Test
Kitchens professional Jan Moon. For the best results, use an offset
spatula, which allows for even spreading and keeps your hand away from
the cake.

Before frosting, cool cakes on a wire rack. Brush away loose crumbs
with a pastry brush, then cover the cakes in plastic wrap and chill in
the refrigerator for two hours.

Step 1. Unwrap cakes, and place one layer on a cakestand. Slip
strips of wax paper beneath the edges to keep the stand clean. (Place
stand on a Lazy Susan to make frosting easier.)

Step 2. To frost between the layers, place about one cup of
frosting onto center of layer, and sweep outward with the spatula.
Leave a 1/2-inch border around the edges.

Step 3. Place unfrosted layer bottom-side up on frosted layer.
Apply a thin layer of frosting to the entire cake to seal any loose
crumbs. Allow to set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Step 4. To frost the top of the cake, place about one cup of
frosting onto the center of the cake, and spread to the edge. Cover the
top with an even layer of frosting.

Step 5. For the sides, load spatula with frosting, and lightly
push it toward the cake as you turn the stand. Continue spreading until
the cake is evenly coated; let set beforedecorating.

For a smooth finish, lightly mist the cake with water after applying
the final coat, then use a spatula to smooth out bumps. If you are
still not sure and need some more help, check out this really helpful
video that explains how to frost a cake.

Hope these tips help you bake a beautiful Frosted Cake! Once you are ready to take the plunge, try these delicious Cake recipes:

Strawberry Cake With Pink Meringue Buttercream Frosting
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

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