How to Stencil on Cakes

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How to Stencil on Cakes
After you frost your cake, make sure that you let the icing dry before using stencils. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

For those of you who think decorating a cake is something you cannot tackle, try stencilling. Whether you are a novice or a professional cake decorator, stencilling is a simple solution that gives an added dimension to an otherwise plain cake. Be creative and remember how the cake looks is just as important as how the cake tastes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cake
  • Stencil
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Sifter
  • Cake frosting (optional)
  • Lightweight cardboard (optional)
  • X-Acto knife (optional)
  • Marker (optional)

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  1. 1

    Pick out stencils from your local baking supply store. If you cannot find what you are looking for or if you want to make your own, all you need is a lightweight piece of cardboard, a marker, and an X-acto knife. Draw a design on the piece of cardboard, and cut it out carefully with the knife.

  2. 2

    Place your stencil on either a frosted or a plain cake. If using frosting, make sure it is dry, or it will stick to your stencil. In order for frosting to be dry, it should set overnight. This gives the frosting an opportunity to crust. If you do not have time to let it set overnight, pop the frosted cake into the refrigerator for two hours or until you see the icing harden, meaning it does not come off on your hand when you touch it.

    How to Stencil on Cakes
    After you frost your cake, make sure that you let the icing dry before using stencils. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Take your sifter and, using either confectioner's sugar or cocoa powder, lightly sift over the stencil. Repeat until you have achieved the desired thickness.

    How to Stencil on Cakes
    Whether large or small, you need a sifter to make this method work. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  4. 4

    Remove the stencil slowly, so you will not smudge the design, and your cake is complete.

Tips and warnings

  • If using a frosted cake, pop your cake in the refrigerator to make sure the icing has dried before you begin stencilling.

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