A hot cake plus cold frosting means cake death: soggy and ugly. Meg Ray, founder and owner of San Francisco’s Miette patisserie and confiserie, explains what you’re doing wrong when you’re frosting a cake. Plus, more importantly, what you should be doing right: using good tools, keeping the components at the right temperature, giving it a crumb layer, and more. Here’s CHOW’s basic yellow cake recipe to try out your new frosting skills on.

You’re Doing It All Wrong is constructive criticism. Don’t take it the wrong way: Just learn the right way.

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