How to Frost a Cake

Ever wonder how the pros get their cakes to look so pretty? Here’s how.

You will need

  • A cooled-down cake
  • A serrated knife
  • A platter
  • Strips of wax paper
  • Frosting
  • An offset spatula or table knife
  • A spoon
  • A wooden skewer (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Slice off the top Slice off the top of your cake, if dome-shaped. The serrated knife will make a uniform, flat surface for your frosting.

Step 2 Add a tiny bit of frosting to the platter Add a tiny bit of frosting to the center of the platter. This will keep your cake from moving as you frost.

Step 3 Add the wax paper Line the edges of the platter with the strips of wax paper. The cake will hold them in place.

Step 4 Set your cake on the platter Set your cake on the platter.

Step 5 Frost the top, then the sides Frost the top, then the sides. Use an offset spatula or table knife to distribute the frosting evenly, and repeat this step if you have more than one layer.

Step 6 Add the finishing touches Add the finishing touches. With your spoon, create wave-like patterns in the frosting – or keep it smooth.

Step 7 Remove wax paper Remove the wax paper. Now you have a clean platter to display that great-looking cake!

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