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Crumb Coating a Cake

An easy tutorial on how to crumb coat a cake.Mermaid Inspired Cake – Day One – Crumb Coating a Cake

I’ve been busy the last few weeks and when a friend asked me to make a mermaid inspired cake for her daughter’s birthday party, I decided to turn it into a tutorial blog post. At first, she showed me a bunch of Pinterest cakes with full mermaids on top and mega decorated hundred-dollar cakes. There was no way I could make something like those, so I told her what I could do. Simple and basic. At first I was thinking of another petal cake, but I decided to make a flavored fondant instead.

Three tutorials on crumb coating a cake, making delicious fondant, and decorating a cake. from #DietersDownfall.comThe first step to making a decorated cake, is to bake a cake. You can make one from scratch or a box. I won’t judge. This was just a basic white cake. I divided the cake batter into three parts and colored them for an ombre look.

Once the cake are baked and cooled, wrap them in plastic and freeze the cakes overnight. The next day, I cut the edges off the cake. They were browned and ugly because I forgot to use my bake even strips, so I wanted to get rid of those edges. Just make sure if you do cut off the edges, that they are still the same size. If you need to, level the cakes as well.

How to Crumb Coat a Cake. It's easy to do and helps make your cakes look great! from #dietersdownfall.comMake your buttercream frosting and get to work.

Add a small bit of frosting to you cake board and place your first layer of cake down. This will secure the cake to the board. Add a thick layer of frosting and smooth it over. I used a large piping bag and a cake icer tip to add the frosting. Add the second layer and repeat. Place the top cake layer on upside down so that the top of the cake is flat.

Add a thick layer of frosting to the top of the cake and push it over the edges. Press the frosting into the sides of the cake and then smooth out the top and sides. Having a turntable cake stand makes this task a lot easier.

How to Crumb Coat a Cake. It's easy to do and helps make your cakes look great! from

Make it as smooth as you can. This buttercream will crust over a bit making it easy to use a paper towel to smooth out any edges later. I didn’t use any extra smoothing techniques once it was done. I simply placed it into the fridge for the night.



Yield: 16

Crumb Coating a Cake

Crumb Coating a Cake

Making a crumb coat for your cake will catch any crumbs from getting in your pretty exterior frosting design.

Prep Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours



    1. Bake and cool your cake. Wrap in plastic and freeze the cake overnight.
    2. Prepare your buttercream. Mix the butter and shortening on medium speed until smooth and blended. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, meringue, and vanilla. Add the milk as needed to smooth the frosting and thin it your desired consistency.
    3. Frost your cake and smooth it out. This is just your first layer of frosting, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 43gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Diane Ugo

Thursday 24th of July 2014

Stopping by from the artsy corner link party. I'm making a birthday cake for my boys' 4th birthday. This will come in handy. Diane (Mrs U Makes)

Karyn Granrud

Thursday 24th of July 2014

It really helps to make a pretty cake. Happy Birthday to them!

Life in the Orchard

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

What a difference taking the time to do a crumb coat makes! I always get in a rush to get my cake done that I don't take the time to do this and then I end up frustrated! You make it look so fast and easy! Love the cake.

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

It does make a difference. It seals the cake and prevents it from drying out and gives you time and a clean canvas to decorate it really pretty.

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