Great looking frosting adds a real touch of luxury to a High Tea or special occasion.

Follow these tips for a great result every time.

Have fun and experiment to build your frosting skills

Tips for perfect Frosting

Always wait for cakes to cool completely before frosting. Even the slightest warmth from a cake can turn your frosting or icing into a mess.

Brush your cooled cake with a pastry brush (or your fingers if you don't have one) to remove excess crumbs.

Always use soft butter. Cold butter will be difficult to incorporate.

Begin the frosting process by first applying a very thin layer of frosting to the cake. This is known as a "crumb coat." It will help to seal in the crumbs, and you can further help this process by refrigerating the cake for an hour or so at this point. The frosting will harden slightly and really hold in the crumbs. Now, you can frost as you normally would, starting with the top and finishing with the sides, if required.

For a truly perfect presentation, wipe the spatula clean each time you swipe frosting onto the cake. You may want to spread it on smoothly for a clean finish, or you may opt to swirl it decoratively around the cake.

Frosting with a star tip

Hold tip above cupcake top at a 90° angle to cupcake surface. Squeeze out icing to form a star.

Without releasing pressure, raise tip slightly as you drop a line of icing around the star in a tight, complete rotation.

After completing the first rotation, move tip toward center and up and around to make a second spiral around the inside edge of the first spiral.

Icing Cupcakes with a Spatula

Place a dollop of icing at the center of the cupcake.

Spread icing across the top, pushing toward the edges. For a smooth look, run the spatula edge across the top.

For a fluffier look, lightly touch the iced surface with the spatula blade and lift up.