Cake Decorating Techniques : Split, Fill, and Crumb Coat a Cake!

Splitting, filling, and crumb coating, are all the basic steps to creating a layered cake just before you ice it. The crumb coat is a technique used to trap free crumbs in a thin layer of icing. That way, when you finally ice the cake, no crumbs will show up in your beautiful icing!

Here’s a video on these basic steps. It took FOREVER for me to edit, but it was so worth it. I used a better camera than my usual mobile phone video camera, and so I’m quite pleased with how this video looks!

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cakeb0t 150x150 Cake Decorating Techniques : Split, Fill, and Crumb Coat a Cake!Here’s the recipe we used for this cake:

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

-2 tablespoons cocoa powder mixed with sifted with 1/8 tsp of baking powder

-2 tablespoons water mixed with 4-5 drops of red gel food color

-2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

-1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar

-2 large eggs

-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-1 cup buttermilk

-1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

-1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix the cocoa/baking powder with the red gel solution to a nice red paste, and set aside. Sift together the flour and salt in a bowl, and set aside. Put the butter in a mixing bowl. In the mixer, slowly add the sugar to the butter on medium high. Cream together the butter and sugar on Medium High for 5 minutes in a mixer until it’s a light color, fluffy, and well-incorporated. Add the eggs at medium speed, one at a time, and scrape between each addition.

Add your vanilla extract to your buttermilk. Next, with the mixer on LOW, alternate adding about a third of the flour mixture, followed by adding 1/2 of your buttermilk to the mixture, and so on,  until all of the buttermilk and flour mixture is in the mixer. Then pour in your red cocoa paste into the mixture.

In a small cup, add the vinegar to the baking soda, let bubble, and fold into the batter. Fill two 8″ cake pans evenly with batter.

Put in the oven for about 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick which is stuck in the center of the cake, comes out clean. You make also check for doneness using a flat hand on the top of the cake. The cake should bounce back. (Be careful; it’s hot!)

Cream Cheese Filling (can be used for the crumb coat as well):

16 ounces cream cheese, cool but soft

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1 1/2 (360 ml) cups heavy cream

With a hand mixer, mix all of the cream cheese with the vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons from your heavy cream. Add the confectioner’s sugar and mix until smooth. Refrigerate for 7-10 minutes to cool and harden up the mixture a bit. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Fold in the whipped cream in two or three parts to lighten up your cream cheese mixture.

34 responses to “Cake Decorating Techniques : Split, Fill, and Crumb Coat a Cake!”

  1. oh WOW that looks delicious!

  2. Fantastic Site! Red Velvet cak is my least favorite to bake, but it’s my favorite to eat… :) Keep on going with the fantastic blog!

  3. Great Blog!!! I loved it!!! :) You make everything look so easy!!! I’ll have to say I am not the best baker this will probably be out of my comfort zone!! but I’ll need to try it!!!

  4. Oh my goodness! This is just the most fantastic tutorial ever! Your ‘cinematography’ is marvellous, and ten out of ten for the text/font/sparkles/music! I have to confess I expected a wobbly shot with a voice giving dodgy instructions. I was SO surprised! This looks absolutely professional. I’ve always wanted to try and bake a red velvet cake, so maybe I will now! (Mostly a chocolate girl, me.) Plus now I know why I stink at icing layer cakes. Going to try that crumb coat next time!

    I have to say ‘well done’ one more time. This is the best entertainment I’ve seen all day. :-) The end result looks beautiful and delicious!

  5. I love it! Red velvet is my favorite! I am doing a 5 tier stacked cake this weekend and will try your recipe. Only the 2nd and 3rd tier are red velvet the rest are white. Sure looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe ~ Steph

  6. thank you so much! LOVED the video!!!! can’t wait to try it.

  7. hi.can buttercream icing be used for the crumb coat rather then cream cheese?thanks

  8. What I really like and enjoy is that you genuinely want to help other bakers. There are many cake decorators that are not willing to help because they fear competition. I enjoy baking cakes from scratch and decorating them as well. I am self-taught and enjoy making cakes for my family and friends. I haven’t done much lately because my 19 month old still demands for her “mommy”. I hope to get back into it. Making videos would be “sweet” too but mine would never be as gorgeous as yours! Thanks for the inspiration and tutorials. May God continue to bless your efforts. – Lucia from Brampton, Ontario Canada

  9. simply AWESOME.

  10. Genial!… yo soy de Argentina, buenos aires… Me encanto lo que hiciste!… encontre esta pagina porque estaba buscando una receta para hacer los Cake pops y vi tu pagina es muy buena!… nose mucho ingles! pero viendo lo que haces me dan ganas de aprender!

    sos un Genio! saludos desde Argentina! =)

  11. great videos! love it. the colours, type fonts and tutorials. easy to watch and easy to listen. more please!

  12. Wow! It looks amazing! Really have to try this one:)

  13. Hi, love your work and the time you have put in this site,

    Just wanted to know if one could use another nice icing other than cream cheese or buttercream ??

  14. Hi,

    Thanks for your reply, do you have any nice icing recipe that is not so butter tasting or too sweet

  15. Hello! I love you website. Thanks alot for putting up this website and sharing your knowlegde especially for a beginner in baking like me.

  16. great I will try it next time !

  17. Thank you for your video. I love picking up new tips to make things easier. I only make cakes 2-3 times a year for my kids, but when I do I like to make it interesting!

  18. Well I will talk in Portuguese,is funnier
    Parabéns pelo blog e pelas indicações de pastelaria. Vou seguir tudinho…

  19. Thank you SO much. Your is one of the rare few blogs I bookmark, favorited AND subscribed to. This recipe also looks relatively 1-2-3 to follow in the way you’ve broken it down simply. Thanks for that.

    Please can you kindly tell me the particular brand and shade of red gel food colouring you used to achieve this lovely vibrant red in this red velvet cake video. I have seen tons of red velvet cake recipes, videos and tutorial and yours is the first with a rich red color I prefer, as opposed to a dull browny-red. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE a prompt reply will be much appreciated as I hope to buy all the ingredients for this recipe today. Thanks once more :)

  20. Hi Binky, I loved your tutorial, it is so detailed and easy to follow – I’m on my way to the kitchen now :) , so Thank you!

  21. Beautiful videography! Such a nice job! It was clear and a pleasure to watch. I had a question about making the cake layers. How did you cut the layers so evenly by just eyeing them? I always manage to get one side higher than the other and wind up with a wobbly cake.

  22. I am kust starting my business and u have really helped me, thanx
    I also enjoy the red velvet cake my sons favorite, ill have to try to make it. :)

  23. hello binky.
    thanks for dat lovely, easy-to-practice tutorial on red velvet cakes. i av always had a paasion for cakes but have always been distracted by work or kids. now am back in the business and i felt very encouraged by that video.
    however, i would love it if you can share your buttericing recipe. mine is either too stiff if i add too much confectioner’s sugar or too much of butter if i try to soften it with more butter and i’m not into cheese. otherwise i would have tried the cheese reply.


  24. This is makes so much sense. I never would of thought of it in that way. I am sooooo trying this myself!! Nice one!

  25. Thank you for sharing tutorial with me. So I can practice your skills and recipe, love baking but can’t decorate very good. Your way is very easy, thanks again.

  26. Thanks for sharing! I am making a layered red velvet/white cake with raspberry filling and this is very helpful! Now to find decorating tips for the top!

  27. Can you use the cheesecake filling recipe to frost the cake, not just the filling and crumb coat? Great video!

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