Stencilling is a technique used to apply patterns to cakes. It always gives an impressive finish to cakes. Though it looks somewhat technical to execute, it is actually quite easy.
STEP 1) First step is to ofcource bake your cake and cover it with Fondant followed by creating your Royal Icing / Butter cream recipe.
STEP 2) Put your stencil around the sides of the cake. Make sure the stencil is resting on the cake and is aligned with the cake board. Avoid having any gaps between the cake and the fondant as this will cause the butter cream to drip through.
STEP 3) Using your icing spatula, apply a generous portion of royal icing over stencil, being sure to cover all the holes on the stencil.
STEP 4) After covering the stencil with royal icing, use a cake smoother or the back of the icing spatula to remove excess royal icing from the stencil. Be careful not to remove too much of the icing from the portions touching the cake itself. You want about 2 mm of royal icing to remain on the cake.
STEP 5) Remove the pins from the stencil and peel it off the cake from one end to the other, carefully. Do not just lift the stencil off the cake, peel it off.
Allow the royal icing to dry for about 5 minutes before using the stencil on the uncovered portion of the cake. You can place the cake in the fridge for a couple of minutes to speed up this process.
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