If there isn't enough frosting, then you run the risk of getting cake crumbs mixed in with the frosting. An offset spatula provides the correct angle for frosting the sides and top, and a leveler helps you cut a cake so it’s well…level. We know ads can be annoying, but they’re what allow us to make all of wikiHow available for free. An offset spatula helps to smoothen out your frosting, filling, and cake batter. If you are using wax paper underneath, make sure you only cover the cake's edges and have the ability to easily pull them out. When I crumb coat my cake, chunks and crumbs get into the icing. A very small small offset spatulas that are triangular in shape and have a very narrow tip for touching up hard-to-reach areas. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/4\/44\/Frost-a-Cake-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Frost-a-Cake-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/4\/44\/Frost-a-Cake-Step-1.jpg\/aid350438-v4-728px-Frost-a-Cake-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"485","licensing":"

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