By Kristie Brown

Dusting a cake is really quite simple. Rather than icing the cake with frosting, you decorate it by sprinkling a thin layer of confectioners sugar, cocoa powder or ground nuts over the top to enhance the flavor and appearance. Even a novice can do it. Here's how.

Chocolate cake sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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How to Dust Cakes With Powdered Sugar

Step 1

Place the cake gently on top of a cooling rack.

Step 2

Pour some powdered sugar into a bowl and stir it to remove clumps and separate the particles.

Step 3

Carefully pour the sugar into an empty sugar shaker, sifter, sieve or fine strainer. If pouring into a sifter or strainer, hold it over another clean bowl to catch the excess.

Step 4

Hold the sifter or strainer over the cake and then gently shake out or sift the sugar onto the cake until it's evenly covered with a fine layer of sugar.

Step 5

Carefully transfer the cake onto a serving plate.