How to Frost a Cake: Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Written by Chris – 

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Every time I make this cake, I get asked for the recipe and for tips on how to frost a layer cake. So I thought I would share my method in this post. I am using my favorite chocolate layer my favorite chocolate layer cake for illustration purposes, but you can certainly use any layer cake recipe.

How to Frost a Layer Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Tear four strips of parchment paper and place in a square around the outer 3 inches of a cake pedestal or serving platter as shown above (this will keep it clean).

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Place a dollop of frosting in the center of the cake pedestal so the cake won’t slip.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Level (trim tops off) the cakes using a serrated knife, if desired. For this post, I am using three whole 8-inch-round cake layers, but you can cut each cake in half horizontally if you prefer a six layer cake. Place one cake layer over the dollop of frosting as shown above.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Spread about 1 cup of frosting over the top of the cake with an offset metal spatula.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Top with one more cake layer; spread with about 1 cup of frosting as shown above.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Top with the third cake layer.

Cover the top and sides of the cake with a thin layer of frosting (this is the “crumb coat”; it doesn’t have to be perfect). Think of this as a primer – similar to painting. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

It’s best to work your way from the bottom of the cake to the top, using the tip of an offset spatula to spread the frosting. Spread the top layer until the frosting meets the edge. Smooth the top for a sleek look, or give it a few waves, as shown below.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

Carefully remove the parchment strips.

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

And that’s it! It’s pretty simple, isn’t it?

Chocolate Buttermilk Layer Cake recipe

This cake never lasts long!

For Halloween, try adding finely chopped Nestlé Crunch or Butterfinger candy bars between the layers and around the side of the cake as shown in this video.

This cake alone makes a great Halloween tablescape!

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