Stencilling is the process of recreating a design on the surface of a cake using a ready-made stencil. It’s really easy and produces impressive effects! To find out how to stencil buttercream cakes, we turned to The Contemporary Buttercream Bible for guidance…
The grandness of your cake will depend on the stencil that you use. Shop around, because there are some really elegant ones that are widely available from specialist and online retailers. To learn how to stencil buttercream cakes, follow these simple instructions taken from The Contemporary Buttercream Bible:
1. For a 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in) stencil, put about 300–400g (10½–14oz) of tinted buttercream in a bowl and add drops of water to ‘thin’ it into an easily spreadable, but not runny, consistency. Then put it in piping bag and snip off the tip to create a small hole.
2. Cover your cake with a smooth finish, then put it in the fridge to chill until the surface is hard enough for you to hold the stencil against it without it sticking. This will make it easier for you to work on the cake. Position and hold the stencil on to the cake firmly then squeeze the thinned buttercream on top of the stencil.
3. Use a palette knife to level out the buttercream and to take off the excess.
Valeri and Christina’s top tip: It is best to wait for a few seconds to a minute until the design has hardened before you pull away the stencil to avoid smudging.
4. Since the background buttercream is cold, wait until the thinned buttercream firms up a little before gently pulling the stencil away. Repeat the same process on the other sides of your cake.
Buy your copy of The Contemporary Buttercream Bible now or download the PDF eBook version for more fantastic buttercream techniques! Or, if you’d love to have a go at making beautiful buttercream flowers, download The Contemporary Buttercream Bible: Cake Flowers PDF eBook.
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This ‘How To Stencil Buttercream Cakes’ masterclass has been extracted from The Contemporary Buttercream Bible by Valeri Valeriano and Christina Ong.