To prevent a messy cake platter while icing your cake, cut a piece of wax paper into four 3-inch strips and place them in an open square on the platter. Then place the cake or bottom layer of a layer cake in the middle of them, making sure the wax paper extends at least 1 inch beyond the edges of the cake. The wax paper will catch icing drips. When you have finished icing the cake, gently pull away and discard each strip of wax paper.
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