Back-to-school season is a perfect time to learn something new. Wish you had more confidence in your knife work? Curious about the art of pastry? Eager to wean yourself off takeout? Whatever your motivation, go “Back to School with Bridget” this week on The Feed. Bridget Lancaster, who holds down the fort at our Online Cooking School, puts the “fun” in the fundamentals of cooking. Gather your notebooks and knives, and see you in the kitchen—the best classroom we know.
Nothing shows someone how much you care than making them a cake from scratch. The baking process is somewhat straightforward, especially when you follow our foolproof recipe for Yellow Layer Cake, but frosting it can be a daunting task for many.
But making a cake look good is easier than it seems. In the video below Bridget breaks down the key steps to covering your confection so that it looks professionally done. A few tricks include evening off the top of the cake with a serrated knife and always making sure the cake is cooled completely before you frost it. We guarantee that the final result will be photo-perfect.
HOMEWORK: Practice frosting a homemade or store-bought cake to get the motions figured out. (Remember, you can always eat your mistakes.) An offset spatula and a cake stand are wise investments.
EXTRA CREDIT: Once you feel confident in your abilities, make our recipe for Fluffy Yellow Layer Cake (free through September 20, 2013) and then frost away.
As delicious as it is beautiful, don’t you think?