Frosting a cake smooth can be a seriously tough job. However, once you have done it, it will be worth it. Today, I will be walking you through the whole process of baking a marble icing cake, and, in the process, you will learn how to frost a cake smooth.
How to Frost a Cake Smooth Through Marble Icing Cake
Making a marble icing cake is quite tricky, especially for those of you who just started baking. But, it is gratifying once you have accomplished how to frost a cake smooth. The finished product will be marvelous, and you can showcase what you can do to your family and friends.
Prepare Your Ingredients
- Two sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature,
- Three cups all-purpose flour,
- A tablespoon of baking powder,
- ½ teaspoon of salt,
- One and ¼ cups of sugar,
- Four large eggs at room temperature,
- A tablespoon of vanilla extract,
- One and ¼ cup of whole milk
- Frosting or buttercream that contains actual butter
- Acetate Strips,
- Coloring gel,
- Four sticks of butter for the icing,
- Six cups of powdered sugar,
- Heavy cream.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit,
- Line your cake pans with parchment paper,
- Butter the parchment paper and dust them off with flour,
- Grab a bowl,
- Add the flour, baking powder, and the salt,
- Grab another bowl,
- Beat two sticks of butter and sugar with a mixer,
- Beat them until they turn light and fluffy,
- Add the eggs while reducing the mixer speed to medium,
- Add the vanilla,
- Grab the flour mixture in three batches and alternate it with the whole milk,
- Pour the batter into the pans evenly,
- Put the pans in the oven and bake until the cakes turn into gold at the top,
- Do this for 30-35 minutes while checking with a toothpick through the middle,
- Transfer the pans to the racks and let them cool for 10 minutes,
- Run a knife through the edges of the pan,
- Remove the parchment,
- Trim the surface of the cake with a serrated knife.
This time, we will be moving on to the fondant and the frosting. In this section, you will learn how to frost a cake smooth.
- Put your cake into the freezer and let it chill for 15 minutes,
- Beat two sticks of unsalted butter,
- Mix the sugar,
- Add the whipped cream,
- Separate the mixture into three separate bowls,
- In one bowl, put the darkest color gel,
- In the second bowl, apply a lighter shade of the color gel,
- Leave the third bowl white.
- Grab the acetate strip,
- Mix the three colors but not enough to make them combine. Just let them swirl in one big bowl,
- Apply the frosting to the acetate leaving space at each end for you to have space to hold on to,
- Grab your cake from the freezer,
- Wrap the acetate around your cake starting from the middle of the acetate and coming together at the edges,
- Smooth over with your hand,
- Freeze for about 20 to 30 minutes or until you can freely remove the acetate,
- Once the frosting is smooth, you can patch the little air pockets with additional frosting using your spatula,
- Decorate the top of your cake
Of course, you can go with the traditional applying of icing on the cake. However, doing this trick is more fun, and it will not be as frustrating as having to stabilize your hand throughout the whole process of applying marbled frosting into your cake.
There are several ways on how to frost a cake smooth. However, this is my favorite technique. It is very convenient for those of you who have shaky hands and for those who don’t have enough patience to go around when it comes to applying frosting to the cake evenly.
The marbled frosting cake recipe is not intended for the beginning bakers. Though it is only in buttercream flavor, not everyone can pull it off well. You will need patience, technique, and a clear understanding of the instructions for you to succeed in making this recipe. Find out more about cake frostings.