How to ice a cake with buttercream

Icing a cake can be a piece of cake, when you know how! Follow our hints below to find out the best way to ice a layered cake with buttercream or frosting.

  • Step 1:

    Make sure your cakes are completely cool, and then take the first layer and place it on a plate
  • Step 2:

    Spread a generous layer of the buttercream icing or frosting on the cake, smoothing it over with a palette knife, going right to the edges. Then top with your next sponge, and repeat the process until all sponge layers are done.
  • Step 3:

    Apply a thin base coat later of the buttercream all over the cake as a foundation. This will stop any crumbs being caught up in the top/final layer of your frosting. Leave to set and firm up before adding the rest of the frosting.
  • Step 4:

    Spread the remainder of the buttercream icing across the sides and top of the cake, making it as smooth as possible – your palette knife will help you to do this! You can also use your palette knife at different angles to create patterns and textures.

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