So let's talk about the FIVE Simple steps of cake preparation.
Step one: Baking the Cake
Bake the cake to temperature indicated on the box or 25 degrees cooler to prevent the “hump that is created in the middle of the cake”.
Remember you want a even, cake that is fat on the top. Grease the inside of the pan with cooking spray or Crisco vegetable shortening Once your cake is done take it out of the oven and make sure that you leave it in the pan for about 10-20 mins before turning it onto a cooling rack.
Once your cake if cooled run your hand around the cake taking off all the excess crumbs. Once you are done wrap the cake in saran wrap and leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to move on to step two.
Step 2: Leveling the Cake
This is where you will trim the top of your cake so that it is even, you will be removing the "hump" that is often created when you bake a cake. Once you have baked cooled and dusted your cake, you can go ahead and remove the crown or hump of the cake. Remember always level and decorate your cake on a flat surface, that way you can have a nice even cake all around.
You can use a Wilton cake leveler or a serrated knife to level your cake.
Step 3: Splitting the Cake
If you want filling in your cake you have to split the cake in order to place the filling between layers. Splitting the layers horizontally on a cake also, adds extra height to the cake, and fillings will give you cake a unique look and taste.
Step 4: Filling the Cake
By adding filling to a cake you are adding flavor and texture, the filling is what holds the cake layers together. You can fill a cake with frosting, pudding, mousse whipped cream or fresh fruit.
Step 5 Crumb Icing the Cake
Crumb icing, the final step in preparing your cake. Once you have filled, trimmed, and stacked your cake one on top of the other you want to crumb coat the cake before you add the frosting to it usually a day before.
Take some butter cream icing and add either water or milk to thin the icing out. Once you thin it out apply a thin layer of frosting to the cake. Go over the whole cake and don't worry about getting crumbs on the frosting once your done put the cake in the refrigerator and let it seetle and harden for a day or so.