Monday, August 15, 2011
How to Ice a Cake
- Cake preparation
- Icing consistency
What You Need
Cake, baked and cooled completely.
Thin consistency icing
Spreading spatula, preferably offset
The first thing you need to do when preparing to ice a cake is get your cake ready. Keeping crumbs off of the cake actually starts before you even bake it.
So, when you've flipped your cake over, if you notice a lot of crumbs, use a pastry brush and get rid of them. The more crumbs you wipe off of your cake now, the fewer that will be there when you start icing it.
You want a thin consistency icing to cover your cake. (Find my Basic Decorator's Icing here.) The icing from the can, I think, is often just a little more stiff than I'd like to cover my cake.
It's too stiff (needs more water/milk) if:
- It pulls back from the cake when you're spreading it.
- Your spatula can stand up straight in a small container holding the icing.
It's too thin if:
- It glops off of the spatula when you're trying to move it to the cake.
- It's runny.
Okay, so your cake is ready, your icing is just right, now what?
You want to think about pushing the icing around the cake, not really about spreading it or about smoothing it. First, you just want to get the entire cake covered with icing.
Work the sides in small sections (about 2-3 inches at a time). Load up icing on the back of your spatula, and just kind of "wiggle" the spatula back and forth to get it to stick to the cake. Again, don't think about spreading or smoothing at this point. Just think about getting it covered.
Bonus if you have a "crusting icing"
If your icing is a crusting icing, which sounds gross but isn't, you can further smooth the cake, once it's set and crusted.
If it is set, lay a "Viva" brand paper towel (because it is not embossed) over the top of the cake. Lightly rub, using your palm, in a light, circular motion, removing extra air bubbles and lines.
(Pay no attention to that flower outline in the cake. I obviously neglected to get a finished, undecorated picture.)
Click the Links Below to See:
Basic Decorator Buttercream Icing Recipe
Cake Decorating Ideas
Basic Cake Decorating Techniques
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