How to Frost a Cake

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How to Frost a Cake

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

All of us here at Paula’s test kitchen are crazy for cakes! Nothing says party like a beautifully frosted layer cake with thick swirls of glossy chocolaty goodness. Follow Paula’s frosting tips so you can have your cake and eat it, too!

imageCool your Cake
The first step in frosting a beautiful cake is to make sure you completely cool off your cake after baking. If the cake is still warm it can melt the frosting and leave a big droopy mess.

Trim the Layers to Make a Flat Surface
If your cake is not flat, trim off the top of the dome with a large serrated knife to create an even layer. Use a serrated so the cake does not tear. To prevent a dome before baking, gently tap your batter filled pans on the counter to let the air bubbles escape.

Add Parchment to Protect your Cake Plate
Place the first round of cake on the plate or pedestal you want to serve it on. Tuck in strips of parchment underneath the cake to protect the cake stand and to keep everything nice and neat when frosting.

Brush Away the Crumbs
Take a minute to brush away any crumbs from moving the cake or trimming the top. Crumbs can ruin a cake!

imageBegin to Frost
Add about a ½ cup dollop of frosting to the first layer of cake and, spread the frosting evenly, in short strokes while working your way to the edges.

imagePaula likes to use a butter knife but an offset spatula will also work great. Top the cake with the second layer (top side down to create the most even layer).

imagePaula uses wooden skewers inserted into the cake to keep it from sliding. Repeat frosting the top cake layer, letting extra frosting accumulate at the edge of the cake.


imageUsing the flat edge of your knife or spatula, push the extra frosting over the sides of the cake. Turn the cake stand with your hand as you frost the sides of the cake.


imageDecorate the Top
For a real homemade look, use the back of a spoon to make nice swirls and ridges on the top of the cake. Remove the parchment paper and voila! There you have it, a whimsical frosted old -fashioned layer cake!


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By Bobbie on July 20, 2013


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By barbara reece on August 13, 2012


hi Paula i love your recipes..... i would like to learn how to make frosting for cupcakes plssss......and continue to do what u do best love melissa smile

By Melissa Ramsaroop on April 03, 2012


Paula read the Prevention booklet about you, you were saying Coconut ckae was your favorite, you have several whick one do you like the best. i do bake alot of your cakes. Which I have won a Blue Ribbon at the County Fair. I have made Bobbies deliouse. Thanks, love your magazine can wait to get my issues in the mail. Wanda

By Wanda Pope on April 01, 2012


Paula:I think you got a bad rap.I use butter a lot,I just lightnin up a bit on things. Yours,truly Larry.

By larry nichols on March 24, 2012


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By melinda daniel on March 20, 2012


is it possible to get the recipe for this choc icing?? I've never found a good recipe for chocolate frosting. Love you all Pat

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