Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Icing on the Cake

Though I bake frequently, I've never been brave enough to make a cake with more than one layer. I was hosting a little dinner party this weekend, and I decided to give it a try.

I didn't have enough time to whip up a recipe of Martha's, instead I used a box of cake mix and frosting from the grocery store. However, I did use some of Martha's round cake pans from Macy's! I made a yellow cake and filled it with homemade strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries.

I've never frosted a round cake before, so I used some of the tips that Martha frequently dispenses on her show. First, I covered the cake stand with strips of wax paper so that any stray frosting could be easily removed. It worked! The stand was nice and neat and ready for serving! I also did a crumb coating so that the frosting would spread smoothly, which also worked wonderfully. Martha frequently frosts cakes on a lazy susan, which I didn't have, but it was easy enough to just turn the cake stand as I went.

The results were great! Maybe next time I'll be bold enough to try more than two layers!

For more tips from Martha on how to frost a cake, click here and here!

1 comment:

Tangled Noodle said...

This looks fantastic! I've also shied away from layered, iced cakes because the few that I made looked so goofy and lopsided, nothing like the ones at bakeries or in photographs. I may have to give another try after seeing your success!