Sadly, the traditional homemaking craft of baking does not come naturally to me. If I can get the goods out of the oven without setting fire to anything, I'm pretty happy. As for my last homemade cake, the rounded top and slightly too-soft frosting both contributed to an unenviable "cow pattie" look. Oops.
But friends, the time has come for me to aim a little higher than that. You see, I will be baking a cake for my daughter's first birthday in a couple of weeks. I feel it's my motherly duty to do better this time. I was surfing the web today, trying to educate myself, and I discovered a bunch of great tips.
With a little practice, even lost causes like myself can learn to frost a cake like a pro
, according to the site SheKnows.
Here's the scoop: first, follow the site's suggestions to bake a cake that's "flatter than Kansas." (Flat is important if you don't want the frosting sliding off your creation.) Second, "glue" your well-chilled cake down with a little daub of frosting. Third, spread the frosting with a spatula, using outward sweeping motions. This prevents crumbs from messing up the icing.
Did you mess up anyway? Here's a first aid trick that I'm definitely going to try: make a crumb layer
. Apply a thin layer of frosting all over the cake and let it set in the fridge or freezer. Then apply the "real" layer on top of that foundation.