How to Frost the Best Birthday Cake Ever

How to Frost the Best Birthday Cake Ever

For two years now, I’ve been wanting to do a post or series on how to properly frost a cake. This is largely selfish, as… it’s a skill I personally am dying to improve. I love baking but I have just never taken the time to really make it look good. Like professional good. So when Craftsy asked if I wanted to try out some of their creative classes and test my skills… I saw there was a (FREE!) buttercream class and JUMPED! My chance to prove to myself that I can, in fact, frost a cake. So I signed up for Modern Buttercream with Joshua John Russell and I am pretty DARN proud of what I learned. Let’s chat.

Sprinkle Birthday Cake
The Best Birthday Cake Ever

First, let me illustrate. An example of my cake assembling and decorating before (Don’t judge!!) and after:

Before and After Cake Class

YOWZA! Big difference, huh? *Pats self on back.*

In the class, Joshua takes you through the basics of making buttercream, preparing cake layers for frosting, assembling a cake (a three-tiered cake no less! I stuck to one… for now!), frosting that cake and adding texture and decor elements to it. The class is FULL of quick little tips that kind of blew my mind. Like using butter wrappers as parchment paper in the bottom of your cake tins. WHY has nobody told me this before!? Genius. I stuck to the basics for this cake, simple frosted and clean… figured that didn’t leave me any room for covering up my mistakes with texture! If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that having the proper tools is really what makes the difference in frosting the perfect cake. His method of leveling layers was brilliant (better then my “eyeball and saw the top off” method, for sure) and he taught me the importance of making sure the layers are chilled inbetween most steps. I always only kinda did that part. Turns out, when you take the time to learn the right way… frosting a cake isn’t all that hard!

Line Cake Pans with Butter Wrappers! Sprinkles
Funfetti All Day
How To Frost a Cake The Tools
Above are some of the tools Joshua recommends for decorating. That decorating turntable is a GAME CHANGER for frosting cakes. I don’t know why I resisted buying one for so long. It also never occurred to me to use cake boards for regular old cakes and not just fancy wedding cakes.

For my attempt, I used this funfetti cake recipe and Joshua’s buttercream recipe you get in the class. This was also my very first time making funfetti cake from scratch. And I can guarantee it won’t be my last.

The Best Birthday Cake Ever
Funfetti Birthday Cake

Birthday Funfetti
All Photos by Studio DIY

Now, I know I’m not the only one who wanted to learn how to frost a cake! (In fact, in my past reader surveys, it was a skill many of you wanted to aquire!) So, let me invite you all to take Craftsy’s Modern Buttercream class by clicking right HERE! Remember, it’s totally free!!! It’s well organized so you can move through lessons easily and really soak everything in before gettin’ to work on your cake! If that before and after up there doesn’t prove that this class is worth it, I don’t know what does. Who’s ready to learn how to frost!?


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Happy Weekend!

DIY Strawberry Costume
Dressing like a strawberry makes me feel like a Spice Girl. Fruity Spice, anyone?

We are plugging along over here! Getting all the fun stuff for the wedding into place (My mom comes in next weekend for the mock up and we’ll get to see some of the design details in real life!), working on Halloween costumes and starting to get prepared for my first attempt EVER to take some real time off for the wedding. The name of the game is hustle, folks! We’re headed to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic tomorrow (Fancy! Never been to a polo match!) and then it’s back to work! Have some fun stuff coming up next week, but go out and enjoy that weekend of yours first!

{Inspire} Links to Love

A great guide for those of you traveling to NYC with kiddos!
I need to buy all the pink plates.
Who wants to pool their money and buy this house with me!?
The newest Baked book is out and I’m SO excited to check it out!
Fruity stirrers!
Lauren introduced me to this channel and it is now my mission to learn the All About That Bass dance.

{Create} DIY Projects & Recipes

A little Halloween action for your Moscow mules.
This row house costume is AMAZING.
Fall donuts and more fall donuts.
Any DIY that calls for a cheese platter is a-ok with me!
These scones though. OH YES.
This little rainbow costume is adorable!

{Celebrate} Studio DIY Elsewhere

It was SO fun to check out Jen’s “Mini Blogger” costumes and see a mini me in there!!
How about mint and orange for Halloween?

Free Printable Halloween Costume Awards

Free Printable Halloween Costume AwardsFor those of you making your strawberry costume for a Halloween costume party this year… how about a little friendly competition!? I love the idea of hosting a costume contest.. and these awards make it all the more fun! Print ‘em out, make some ribbons and let your guests know they better bring their A-GAME! You can get the printables Kate designed right over here on eHow!

Free Printable Halloween Costume Awards

Printable Designs by Striped Cat Studio, Photos by Studio DIY

Have you ever participated in a costume contest or won a costume award!? I, sadly, have not! Though Bella did once (and she won!).

For more Halloween projects, click here!