I love baking – everything about it! There is something special about the entire process, from start to finish! I often choose overly ambitious recipes, something Bjorn’s working with me on (ha!), and two hours later find myself knee-deep in flour and dirty dishes and straining pureed berries (hypothetically). One of my favorite things to bake is cake. I go for the towering, triple-layer kind! 🙂
Last weekend, Bjorn and I had my parents over for an afternoon of food and conversation. 🙂 It also ended up being a belated birthday party for my husband, since he hadn’t seen my parents in January around his birthday! I decided to include a cake on the day’s menu, since…well…I don’t need much convincing that today is a good day to make a cake! 😉
It can be especially exhausting trying to assemble and frost this type of cake (but oh, is it fun!). So over the years, and with much-appreciated advice from my mother, I’ve ended up with a few tricks! Today I wanted to share with you my very favorite cake frosting trick!
How to NEATLY Frost a Cake for Display!
While your cake layers are cooling, tear 4-5 narrow but long pieces of wax paper. Arrange the pieces in a square or pentagonal shape around the edge of your cake stand or the plate you’ll serve your cake on.
Place your first layer very carefully on the cake stand, keeping it as centered as possible.
Frost the cake! This can be messy, but you can proceed fearlessly because the wax paper will act as a forgiving safety net to catch any oopses.
Once the cake is entirely frosted and decorated, gently ease the wax paper out from under the cake, one piece at a time.
Take a damp paper towel and do any final touch-ups, wiping off any stray drops of frosting…and voila!! Now everyone thinks you painstakingly spent an hour frosting your cake! 😉