How to Make Damask on a Cake

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How to Make Damask on a Cake
Damask patterns can be used on wedding cakes. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

The damask pattern is an elegant pattern that can be used on the side of a wedding or birthday cake. This pattern is best applied to a fondant-covered cake surface due to the fact that buttercream is too soft and can stick to the stencil. It is also best to practice this technique on a flat surface or sheet of waxed paper prior to applying it to the actual cake.

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Things you need

  • Royal icing, prepared
  • Icing colours
  • Cake spatula or bench top scraper
  • Damask cake stencil pattern
  • Small pins
  • Fondant-covered cake
  • Wet towel

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  1. 1

    Place fondant-covered cake on a sturdy surface. Face the cake side that you wish to stencil towards you.

  2. 2

    Remove royal icing and check consistency. Ensure royal icing is smooth and able to spread. Check royal icing consistency by lifting it with a cake spatula and spreading it along the side of the bowl. Royal icing should not have bubbles and should stay in place where it is spread, yet still be smooth.

  3. 3

    Dye royal icing with icing colours. Place a wet towel over the bowl to prevent it from drying out and set aside.

  4. 4

    Place cake stencil on the side of the cake. Ensure that the stencil is centred on the cake surface. Use small pins to attach all four corners of the cake stencil to the fondant surface. Ensure that the stencil is pulled tight and that there are not bumps or openings where icing can seep through.

  5. 5

    Take a small amount of royal icing on a cake spatula and smear it across the top of the cake stencil. Use the spatula to spread the icing evenly, but do not lift up the stencil with the spatula. Cover the entire damask pattern of the stencil.

  6. 6

    Use one hand to support the stencil and the other hand to remove the small pins. Use the tab located on the side of the cake stencil to carefully peel it back from the fondant surface of the cake. Do not slide or rub the stencil back against the cake. Check to ensure damask pattern is even.

  7. 7

    Turn the cake around and apply the stencil to the other side. Use the same technique to cover all sides of your cake with the damask pattern. Use different damask stencils for alternating designs between tiers.

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