Tips for How to Decorate a Cake

  • Decorating a cake with a flat top is best. When the oven temperature is too high, cakes develop rounded tops. Use an oven thermometer to check the temperature of your oven.
  • To flatten a cake with a small crown, put a plate on top of it immediately after you take it from the oven. Push the plate down gently.
  • Line your pan with parchment paper to ensure that the cake will come out of the pan easily.
  • To apply nuts or coconut to the sides of a cake, hold the cake over a pan and gently pat the nuts, etc. onto the sides with your hand.
  • To keep the cake stand clean while frosting, line the edge with 3-inch strips of waxed paper. Center the first cake layer over the strips. When finished frosting, carefully remove the strips one piece at a time.
  • Before writing on a cake with icing, gently outline the words with a toothpick.