Yesterday, Chickpea and I baked a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting.  I'm really trying to get better at letting her help in the kitchen, so I decided to let her ice the cake.  (I admit, I "helped" at the end.)  In order to let her go at it without me freaking out behind her, I actually left the room.

The Works for Me Wednesday part is the way I kept the plate clean: Before frosting the cake, I slipped strips of parchment paper underneath the cake to cover the exposed parts of the plate:

Chickpea did a lovely job.

Now this was where I "helped" by smoothing out the frosting.  And then I pulled out the strips of parchment to reveal a nice, clean plate underneath:

Maybe next time I'll let her frost it all by herself...


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11 Responses
  1. Tasha Says:

    Great tip! I do the same thing!

  2. Great tip! I always tend to make a mess out of these things!

  3. Kate Says:

    Thanks, ladies, for visiting! =)

  4. Lynn Says:

    Great idea :) My cakes are usually disasters.

    And I love your little "welcome" section at the top! Proverbs 14:1 is one of my favorite verses.

  5. Kate Says:

    Thanks, Lynn!

    I've always wanted to learn cake decorating, but alas, I haven't had the chance. I try, though. Sometime I'll have to blog about the Great Pirate Ship Cake Fiasco of '07. =)

  6. I really want a piece of that cake : ). It looks yummy!

  7. Kate Says:

    LOL Thank you! =)

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I love this tip too! Although, I have a tendency to stick the parchment too far under the cake. When I pull it out, it ends up messing up the cake.

  9. Kate Says:

    Hm, I didn't think of that. I was lucky I got the parchment in at all, since Chickpea was already going at it with the frosting!

  10. Intelligence Says:

    Good tips because the cake I made last week DID not look even half as good as yours (although it's probably because I messed up on the icing recipe)

    P.S. Found your blog via the blog party

  11. Kate Says:

    Thanks for visiting! I messed up frosting the first time I made it. It needed a little more milk, and I added WAY too much!

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