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How to Frost a Perfectly Smooth Cake with Buttercream Frosting

 


Frosting a cake with buttercream can be a tricky task, but with the right tools and techniques, you can create a perfectly smooth and delicious cake every time. The key is to start with a cake that has a crumb coat and some frosting, and then take your time applying and smoothing out the buttercream on the top and sides of the cake. 

By using an offset spatula, an icing smoother, and some piping bags, you can achieve a professional-looking finish that will impress your friends and family. And don't forget to add some sprinkles for a fun and festive touch! With a little practice and patience, you'll be frosting cakes like a pro in no time.

Certainly! Here is a step-by-step guide to frosting a smooth cake with buttercream frosting:

  1. Start with a cake that has a nice crumb coat and some frosting. A vanilla American buttercream is recommended for this tutorial. 

  2. Frost the top of the cake with a one-cup measuring cup of frosting. 

  3. Use an offset spatula to carefully bring the frosting in and get the right level with the cake. Work from the outside in and get rid of any excess frosting. 

  4. Smooth out the frosting around the top of the cake using a nine-inch spatula. Push the frosting off towards the edges. 

  5. Use a Wilton tip 789 icing tip in a large icing bag to add frosting to the sides of the cake. Start at the bottom and work your way up to the top. 

  6. Use an icing smoother to smooth out the sides of the cake. Rest the bottom of the smoother on the cardboard cake circle as flat as possible and use a 20 to 30-degree angle as you frost. 

  7. Work on the cake's corners using your fingers to push the frosting together and get sharp corners. 

  8. Apply pressure to the outside of the cake to work out air pockets and smooth things, but be careful not to push down too hard and make the frosting slide down. 

  9. Finish off the cake with sprinkles. 

  10. Enjoy your perfectly smooth cake! 

Or you can use another method like that

  1. Start by preparing your cake with a crumb coat and a layer of frosting. Make sure the top of the cake is level and smooth.

  2. Using a one-cup measuring cup, add a generous amount of frosting to the top of the cake. Spread the frosting with an offset spatula, making sure to get the frosting all the way to the edges.

  3. Use a piping bag and a large closed star tip to add a swirl of frosting to the top of the cake. Start from the inside and work your way out.

  4. Add sprinkles to the top of the cake for decoration.

  5. Use an offset spatula to add frosting to the sides of the cake. Start from the bottom and work your way up, making sure to get the frosting all the way to the edges.

  6. Use an icing smoother to smooth out the sides of the cake. Hold the smoother at a 20-30 degree angle and apply medium pressure to remove air pockets and create a smooth finish.

  7. Use your fingers or a paper towel to smooth out any imperfections in the frosting.

  8. Use a piping bag and a large open star tip to add a decorative border to the top and bottom of the cake.

  9. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set the frosting.

  10. Serve and enjoy your perfectly frosted cake!

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