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How to Frost a Layer Cake

Turn a plain cake into a masterpiece with our step-by-step guide to frosting like a pro.

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Brush any loose crumbs from cooked cake layer. Place 4 strips of waxed paper around edge of plate. Place layer, rounded side down, on plate. HowToFrostCake_photo2
Spread 1/3 to 1/2 cup frosting over top of first layer to within about 1/4 inch of edge. HowToFrostCake_photo3
Place second cake layer, rounded side up, on frosted first layer. Coat side of cake with a very thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. HowToFrostCake_photo4
Frost side of cake in swirls, making a rim about ¼ inch high above top of cake. Spread remaining frosting on top, just to the built-up rim. Carefully remove waxed-paper strips.

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