Crumb Coat

by Natalie
(Anten Mills, Ontario, Canada)

I hear a lot about "crumb coating" a cake before decorating. What is that recipe? And if you are covering and decorating with buttercream, why crumb coat before hand? Any help would be appreciated!

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May 12, 2009
Crumb Coating
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Natalie,

Crumb coating 'sets' the crumbs so they don't mix in with your frosting and ruin the appearance of the finished cake.

It's just a coat of slightly thinned buttercream, applied after the cake has cooled. If you crumb coat, refrigerate the cake for an hour or so and top coat in buttercream you'll get a beautiful, crumb free, finish every time.

We have a great video tutorial on crumb coating a cake, right here.

Michelle (editor)

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