Frosting 101: Easy frosting application helps cakes look elevated

To add the rose design, frost your flower onto Saran Wrap and then place the design and lightly flatten it out. Then, peel the Saran Wrap off, and a beautiful flower appears.

Icing a cake has always been seen as a talent or something that takes years to perfect, but, in fact it’s very easy to make an amazing cake. 

The recipe to make a basic buttercream Icing that I used is made by The Icing Artist on her website. 

You can use store bought icing as well if you don’t want to make it.  

How to make a Marbled Spread Cake. 

Place your cake on a flat surface; I used a plastic lid on top of a upside down paper plate to make it even. 

Next, put what is called a crumb coat on the cake. A crumb coat is a thin layer of your base color that makes the surface of the cake smooth.

Place you’re frosting in a piping bag if you have them, but I used zip lock bag with the corner snipped off.

Make small thick streaks of the frosting of the cake over the entire cake, I did the same thing on a piece of food safe Saran Wrap for the top of the cake and then flipped it over and peeled the Saran Wrap. You don’t have to use the Saran Wrap. 

Next use an offset spatula to smooth the edges on the sides and top, to make it look marbled only, go from one side to the other. If you don’t have an offset spatula like me, I used the flat edge of a piece of cardboard wrapped in Saran Wrap. 

Even using the offset spatula for my cardboard option, it can still look a bit rough, but to make it even smoother, you can use the backside of a paper towel and lightly rub it onto the set frosting. The frosting must be a but harder for this to work. 

This step is optional because you could leave the cake like this marbled look or you can add some simple details. I replaced the Saran Wrap on the cardboard and used black icing to make a flower by drawing it onto the the cardboard. 

You can use a stencil under the Saran Wrap but make sure the image is reversed so when it’s placed onto the cake, it’s flipped again, so it looks just like the image. 

Next, I laid the Saran Wrap on the top of the cake and pulled it off, placing the design on the cake. 

Lastly, let it sit for a few minutes so you can transfer it to a plate and serve.

I really love this way of decorating cakes because it’s simple to do but looks amazing, and you can customize it to whatever you need. The frosting itself can also be changed to what you want and the flavor you like. To make the simple frosting I used to make this cake you will need:

1/4 cup room temperature butter

(or dairy free butter)

3/4 cup vegetable shortening

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. butter flavor

3-6 tsp. water

4 cups icing sugar

pinch of salt

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Icing Directions:

Cream together the butter and shortening.

Next add in your salt, vanilla and butter flavor and mix until it is well incorporated.

Slowly add in the icing/powdered sugar and water,

If the icing is too stiff, add in a little bit of water till it is your desired consistency. Same thing if it’s too soft. Add a small amount icing/powdered sugar. 

Mix on the icing for about a few minutes, 3 minutes at a minimum. 

Lastly, for easy application, place icing into ziplock bags with a corner snipped or a piping bag.

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