Cake Decorating Tips
When baking a cake to decorate, you want a flat top. One reason a cake crowns, or ends up with a rounded top, is that the oven temperature is too high. Use a thermometer to check the temperature of your oven.
To flatten a cake with a small crown, put a plate on top of it immediately after you take it from the oven. Push the plate down gently.
Line your pan with parchment paper to ensure that the cake will come out of the pan easily.
To apply nuts or coconut to the sides of a cake, hold the cake over a pan and gently pat the nuts, etc. onto the sides with your hand.