TECHNIQUES

Skill level

Intermediate

Equipment you will need for this technique

Offset spatula

Cake scraper

Long metal ruler

Cake turntable (optional, but very helpful)

Dan Lepard shows you how to cover a cake in royal icing for a perfectly smooth finish.

--First, apply a thin, even coat of royal icing, about 5mm/¼in thick, to smooth the cake surface.

-Place the cake on a cake turntable (if you have one) and place a scoop of icing on top of the cake.

-Spread the icing over the top of the cake with the spatula so that it just tips over the sides.

-Lean against the turntable to hold it firmly in place (without touching the cake), hold the metal ruler horizontally at a 45° angle and pull it towards you evenly across the surface of the icing to smooth it.

-Spread an even layer of royal icing around the sides of the cake. You need to work swiftly as the icing will dry in contact with the air after a few minutes, but don’t rush. Even, careful movements will give the best result.

-Trim away any excess icing from the edge of the cake with the spatula.