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)