I think as a food blogger, one of my most shameful and embarrassing secrets is that I know nothing about decorating a cake. I think it's because when I was learning to bake, I was so focused on making sure things tasted good, that it didn't really matter if they looked better than just plain edible.
So years have passed, and many desserts have been baked, but still no cakes have made their way onto my blog. And with the exception of some shoddy birthday cakes, my kitchen has remained distanced from cake all together. Purely because the thought of frosting a cake is so daunting that I'd rather just make cookies.
I've always wondered how people make their cakes look so smooth. And after watching roughly 300 tutorials on YouTube I've figured out the secret. The crumb coat. In which you thinly ice the cake, and then set it in the fridge or freezer before adding a thicker, decorative layer of icing. It's a game changer.Read More