Part 1: How to Torte and Fill a Cake
Part 2: How to Frost a Cake
I’ve been decorating cakes for over ten years now. I remember first really learning how to frost a cake in a fairly unusual way…using partially melted ice cream. I can only imagine the faces being made at that sentence, but it’s true.
My high school job was at a joint Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins. I was so excited when I worked my way up to making the custom ice cream cakes. To frost them we would take out a tub of vanilla ice cream from the back freezer and leave it near the bagel oven for a few minutes to soften it. Then drop it into a kitchen aide mixer to get it even and smooth. That was then used to frost the ice cream cake in a nice smooth layer of vanilla. The cake would go back into the freezer for a while to firm up and then get decorated.
When it came to decorating the ice cream cakes we did use buttercream. That is where I first started applying shell borders and writing on cakes, I think I even made some flowers. I’ve come a long way since then so the other day when I was filling and frosting a small round cake I thought, why don’t I take a quick video of the process to share some of the methods I’ve learned over the last 10+ years. I hope you find them helpful and please let me know if you have any tips of your own!
Examples of Buttercream Cakes: