Decorating A Cake Baking Tip

Betty's Baking Tip:

Wait Until Your Cake is Cool Before Icing

Learn about why it’s important to wait until your cake is cool before you ice it with Betty Crocker™.

While you will be impatient to start decorating your divine cake as soon as possible, make sure you wait until your cake is cool before icing.

Cool Cakes Are Easier to Decorate

One of the main reasons for this, is that cakes are still very fragile when hot, and so spreading the icing is likely to create breakage and a lot of crumbs, spoiling your smooth finish.

The other reason to wait, is that if the cake is too hot, your icing won’t stay put, and will instead it melt into the cake. And no one likes a runny cake.

How Long to Cool a Cake Before Icing It?

Our recommendation on how long to cool a cake before icing it, is to wait 2-3 hours for your cake to cool completely. Then add a crumb coat, and refrigerate the cake for up to 30 minutes. Once that is done, you’ll be able to ice and decorate until your heart’s content.

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