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Ack! I have to bake a cake... Help!

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My husband is sick and dd's birthday party is tomorrow... so that leaves me to bake a cake. I know this is simple (its just a cake mix with a tub o' frosting!), but I always screw it up. Any advice? I need tips on how to do it. I know he does something with crisco and flour in the cake pans. How long do you wait before frosting? And any tips on how not to butcher the cake when you spread on the icing? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Bake the cake well in advance. Like, an hour or so. That way you can be extra sure it has cooled down enough before you frost it. That's what makes the cake peel up and get destroyed, is if it isn't cooled down all the way. You can grease the pan with any sort of grease (butter, shortning, oil, etc). If you want to make extra sure that it doesn't stick to the pan, you can also dust some flour on the grease.
good luck, and Have FUN! remember that kids don't actually care how the cake looks, they just want to EAT IT!
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The cake needs to be completely cool before you attempt to frost it. If you really want to get the frosting smooth and perfect, frost it with a thin layer twice--the first time, you don't worry too much about the crumbs, then put the cake in the fridge for a few minutes (15-20) to chill the frosting. That'll give you a nice smooth surface to re-frost.

When you grease and flour the pan, the flour is only to let you see if you've missed any spots with the crisco. You can also use cocoa powder if you wish.

Hope this helps! Have fun.
This is my dad's secret trick: you cut a piece of wax paper the same size, roughly, as the bottom of the cake pans. Grease the pan itself, lay down the wax paper & grease over that, too. Wait 15 minutes after the cake comes out of the oven for the cake to cool & turn over--comes RIGHT out.

I have a friend who makes wedding cakes & she FREEZES the cakes for 2-3 hours after they've cooled. No crumbs.
Thank you all for your responses! I'm going to print this out and give it a try this evening.
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