How To Ice a Cake
"The Basics for Simple Cake Icing"
1) Prepare your cake icing or frosting as per instructions. It is important you have the right consistency. Too runny and your icing will run and be thin on the cake…. too thick and you will have trouble spreading it. If you have to add more liquid, always do it with very small quantities at a time. It is surprising how little is needed to change the consistency.
2) Use a spatula or a large wide bladed kitchen knife. It will be easier to spread evenly with a spatula and if you like to bake it is a good investment!
NOTE Many icings can be mixed in a kitchen whizz - but you do need to follow a recipe and be exact with measurements.
3) If you don’t have a turn table, a round cake plate on a stand works well.
4) Gently clean your cake of crumbs.
5) Take all your icing in one large dollop and plop onto the middle of your cake
6) Starting in the middle working in a circular motion slowly ease the icing out to the edges of your cake. Keep turning the cake as you work. You should get a build up of icing at the edges of your cake
7) Once the icing has worked out to the edges and is fairly evenly spread, use your spatula to work the icing on the edge around the side of the cake. Tip you spatula or knife up so the tip is running around the edge of the cake on the plate, to get a smooth finish.
8) Gently work the sides and top until you are happy. If your icing becomes a little stiff, heat the spatula or knife under a hot water tap, dry well and your icing should spread nicely.
Decorate Your Cake
As you can see your icing does not need to be perfectly smooth for every day baking. If you plan to ice this cake for a more professional look you would work at it more to smooth off completely.
There are many different kinds of icing as well as flavours to match your cake. The flavours are often personal choice, but the basic ingredients almost the same. Try