This technique works great if you have a fluffy filling, maybe one dotted with fruit or nuts. You'll have plenty of frosting, since you don't need it for the sides, so add a little extra in between each cake layer to make it dramatic. Then plop some on the top, and you're finished.chocolate ganache is the perfect icing to use in this situation. It drips beautifully down the sides, eliminating the need to do anything else.
Is this anyone's go-to technique? Any other tips?
Related: How to Frost a Layer Cake (an easy tutorial if you do want to go all out)
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