You finished baking your bundt cake, but how do you decorate it? It’s weird to cover a bundt cake with frosting because of its doughnut shape. Most people experience problems in icing or frosting a bundt cake. Instead of making it more beautiful, the bundt cake becomes messier than without the icing. Don’t you worry because we will help you figure out how to frost a bundt cake in no time.
We got tips on how to choose the right frosting, how to make a frosting or sauce from scratch, and how to do the actual application of frosting and icing on the cake.
Possible Frostings for a Bundt Cake
Before you learn how to frost a bundt cake, you must learn the types of frosting you can use on a bundt cake. We can use two types of frosting on a bundt cake: buttercream frosting and icing or sometimes called sauce or glaze. What you will use on your bundt cake depends heavily on your preference, but you also need to consider the flavor of the cake.
Buttercream frosting is created with a buttercream base, and it can provide texture to your cake. It provides a sweet buttery taste. You can add flavors to your buttercream frosting. The icing, on the other hand, uses powdered sugar as its base. It provides smooth and shiny aesthetics to your cake, and the sweetness it provides has the same effect as sugar. You can also add flavors to your icing.
Creating buttercream frosting is relatively easy when you have a mixer. You can use a hand or stand mixer for this. You can do this without a mixer, but it would be a bit difficult since you have to mix all ingredients thoroughly. The ingredients you need are three cups of powdered sugar, one-third cup of butter, one and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, and one to two tablespoons of milk.
The first thing you need to do is mix the powdered sugar and butter. Once both are completely mixed, add the vanilla extract and the milk. This can cover a 10-inch bundt cake easily. You can add other flavors instead of vanilla. We used vanilla in the example since it is commonly used.
Make sure that your buttercream frosting is easily spreadable but not too thin that it becomes runny on the surface—just the right amount of thickness that it sticks on the cake surface but easily spreadable.
There are also pre-made buttercream frostings available in the market if you decide to buy instead of creating one.
Icing or Sauce
The next one is icing or sauce. It’s slightly thinner than the frosting, and you can also make it on your own. Some stores sell icing powder that only needs water before you can use it. If you want to create your own glaze, we will gladly teach you how.
The ingredients you will need are the following, two cups of powdered sugar, one-fourth cup of melted butter, two to four tablespoons of milk, and one and a half teaspoon of vanilla extract. Use pure vanilla extract for a fuller flavor.
To start making the icing, sift the powdered sugar to avoid big chunks of sugar. Add in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix with a hand mixer until it becomes smooth. You can add more milk to achieve the desired consistency.
Your target consistency should be enough to be drizzled but not too thin that it may not stick to the cake. Thin icing can also be absorbed by the cake and make the cake soggy and unstable.
Tips on Frosting
We will now share with you some tips on how to frost a bundt cake easily. After baking the bundt cake, make sure to cool it down. You can do this by letting it cool for 30 minutes then wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for an hour. After that, you can now proceed with frosting your bundt cake.
The reason for cooling down the cake is because it is harder to frost a warm cake since it can absorb the icing or make it too runny for you. Once you made or bought your frosting or icing, you can now start the frosting process.
We will show you how to frost a bundt cake using buttercream frosting. To accomplish a greater look, you will need a rotating cake stand or a lazy susan.
Start by frosting the sides. Slather forty percent of your buttercream frosting on the side using a straight spatula, then spread it throughout all side surfaces. The trick is to hold the spatula 90 degrees to the cake then start rotating the platform. Make sure to get the inward spaces, and we don’t want to miss the sides.
Add another part of the frosting on top and start spreading around the top. Cover the top of the bundt cake with a thick layer of frosting. Fill the hole in the middle with frosting. Refrigerate the cake. Then, after thirty minutes, take the cake out the spread the remaining frosting to the cake. You can add toppings if you like.
Icing or Sauce
The icing, on the other hand, is a bit harder to apply on your bundt cake. You also need a rotating cake stand or a lazy susan for this. Start by warming the icing for easier pouring of the icing. Use a cup or glass with a spout to aid in pouring the sauce.
Start pouring the icing on top of the cake evenly and with a constant flow. While doing this, rotate your cake slowly to cover all areas. If you don’t have a rotating cake stand, you can rotate your pouring hand instead of the cake.
Using icing can be less thorough in covering than frosting. You can create drizzle patterns or selected coverage areas for your icing. After one whole round, decide if you still want to add more glaze. If you’re finished glazing your cake, you can add toppings for more flavors or more design.
One aspect that we love about baking is how you can create your own flavor and design in each piece you create. Now that you know how to frost a bundt cake, you can easily achieve great-looking cakes even in the comfort of your own home. Know more about bundt cakes.