Video: The Easiest Way to Frost a Cake

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Frosting a layer cake is usually a bit fussy. We typically slice off the domed top of the cake to make it flat and spread on a crumb coat to keep the final layer of frosting looking perfect. But the team at Saveur has put together a video showing their extremely quick and easy method for icing a cake — no crumb coat required!

These are the tips we got out of the video:

Turn the top layer upside-down. By positioning the flat bottom of the upper cake layer facing out, you get a nice flat surface on the top of your cake without having to deal with slicing off the dome and the excess crumbs that result.

Use a lot of frosting. A good amount of frosting covers the cake and seems to trap the crumbs without the need for an additional crumb coat.

Protect the plate. Protecting the cake plate with strips of parchment or wax paper allows you to spread a generous layer of frosting around the top of the cake and down the sides while still maintaining a neat bottom edge.

More cake-frosting tips:
Tip: How to Frost Cakes Without Making a Mess
How To Frost a Layer Cake
Cake Frosting Tip: Leave the Sides Naked!

Do have any tips or favorite methods for frosting a layer cake?

(Image: Faith Durand)

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