How to Use Cake Stencils on Buttercream

How to Use Cake Stencils on Buttercream

Looking for a way to spruce up your cakes? Wanting a simple way to decorate buttercream? Using cake stencils is an easy and fun way to step up your cake decorating skills. 

This post will tell you everything you need to know on how to use cake stencils on buttercream. Using cake stencils to decorate allows you to make ornate designs without spending hours trying to do it freestyle. You’ll love how simple they are to use and how beautiful the end result will be.

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Advantages of Using Cake Stencils

Let’s face it, not all of us have an artistic side. We may try for hours and hours to perfect a cake design and never get it right. Cake stencils allow you to create elaborate designs without having to have artistic ability.

Cake stencils are simple to use and are cheap. They can be found in cake decorating stores, online and in some grocery stores. They come in a variety of different designs and sizes.

 You don’t need any baking or artistic ability to use cake stencils. However, using them will make you look like a cake decorating wizard.

Advantages of Using Cake Stencils

Another great thing about stencils is that they are reusable. After every use, you can wash them with warm water and soap and use them as many times as you’d like.

Using buttercream frosting with stencils guarantees a great taste and beautiful design. Using food coloring, you can create many beautiful colors of buttercream. Using cake stencils to decorate buttercream will save you time and stress.

Cake Stencils: What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

To follow this tutorial for using cake stencils on buttercream, you will need:

You may use store-bought or homemade buttercream. It is common to start off with white buttercream for the base, however, you may choose whatever color you’d like. You can then set aside some of the buttercreams you are going to be using for the stencils and add food coloring to reach your desired shades.

Cake Stencils Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Frost Your Cake

Frost your cake with buttercream frosting. Place it in the fridge and allow it to chill for at least an hour.

Step Two: Prepare the Stencils

Decide on what stencils you are going to use on your cake and wash them before using it. You may need to trim the stencils down with scissors, so they fit on the cake. Then take your stencil and lightly coat it with a layer of shortening, as this will allow it to stick to the cake.

Cake Stencils: What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

Step Three: Place the Stencil on the Cake and Add Buttercream Frosting

Once your buttercream frosted cake has been chilled, take it out of the fridge. You may place a piece of wax or parchment paper on your cake with a thin layer of shortening on the cake side to avoid smearing and give you a place to rest your hand.

Take your stencil and place it on your cake, shortening side down. Take a piping bag of frosting and carefully fill in the stencil with your desired color of buttercream. You may also use a frosting spatula to gently smooth out the frosting.

Step Four: Remove the Stencil

Carefully remove the stencil from the cake. If any of the stencils smeared on the cake, carefully take a knife to remove it. Wipe the excess frosting off of the stencil. Repeat until you have reached your desired design on the cake.

Cake Stencils Step by Step Instructions

You may use just a cake spatula when frosting the stencil. Just be careful not to accidentally spread the frosting underneath the stencil while filling it in. Using the shortening will act as a glue and help keep your stencil in place, so make sure to put some on to lessen the chance of the stencil slipping.

Tips and Tricks

 It is important to make sure that the buttercream frosting on the cake has fully chilled. Freshly frosted buttercream will smear and be hard to get a smooth finish from using a stencil. Chilling the cake prior allows the buttercream to stiffen up, lessening the chances of the buttercream smearing and making it an easier surface to work with.

Some stencils are a lot more detailed than others. It is best to start out with a simpler stencil and work your way up to something more intricate.

If you are planning on using multiple colors, it is best to use gel food coloring. Gel food coloring works best with buttercream frosting because it is less likely to leave a taste and requires less drops. However, if you do not have gel food coloring, any food coloring will work fine.

Cake Stencils Step by Step Instructions Tips and Tricks

You can also use the stencils to decorate with sprinkles on top of the cake. Just be careful when removing the stencil, that the excess sprinkles don’t spill onto the cake. Airbrushing is another technique used to decorate cakes with stencils, but it can be a bit tricky at first to get the hang of.

You can store your buttercream frosted cake at room temperature for up to three days. It can also be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for six months. Allow the cake to reach room temperature before serving.

Buttercream frosting does not hold up well in the heat, so if you are serving your cake at an outdoor event in the summer, store your cake in the fridge until it is ready to serve. The heat may cause the designs done by stencils to melt and run some.

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How to Use Cake Stencils on Buttercream

Looking for a way to spruce up your cakes? Wanting a simple way to decorate buttercream? Using stencils is an easy and fun way to step up your cake decorating skills.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Use Cake Stencils on Buttercream
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

  • Cake Stencils
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Piping Bag

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Step One: Frost Your Cake
  • Frost your cake with buttercream frosting. Place it in the fridge and allow it to chill for at least an hour.
  • Step Two: Prepare the Stencils
  • Decide on what stencils you are going to use on your cake and wash them before using it. You may need to trim the stencils down with scissors, so they fit on the cake. Then take your stencil and lightly coat it with a layer of shortening, as this will allow it to stick to the cake.
  • Step Three: Place the Stencil on the Cake and Add Buttercream Frosting
  • Once your buttercream frosted cake has been chilled, take it out of the fridge. You may place a piece of wax or parchment paper on your cake with a thin layer of shortening on the cake side to avoid smearing and give you a place to rest your hand.
  • Take your stencil and place it on your cake, shortening side down. Take a piping bag of frosting and carefully fill in the stencil with your desired color of buttercream. You may also use a frosting spatula to gently smooth out the frosting.
  • Step Four: Remove the Stencil
  • Carefully remove the stencil from the cake. If any of the stencils smeared on the cake, carefully take a knife to remove it. Wipe the excess frosting off of the stencil. Repeat until you have reached your desired design on the cake.
  • You may use just a cake spatula when frosting the stencil. Just be careful not to accidentally spread the frosting underneath the stencil while filling it in. Using the shortening will act as a glue and help keep your stencil in place, so make sure to put some on to lessen the chance of the stencil slipping.

Notes

  • It is important to make sure that the buttercream frosting on the cake has fully chilled. Freshly frosted buttercream will smear and be hard to get a smooth finish from using a stencil. Chilling the cake prior allows the buttercream to stiffen up, lessening the chances of the buttercream smearing and making it an easier surface to work with.
  • Some stencils are a lot more detailed than others. It is best to start out with a simpler stencil and work your way up to something more intricate.
  • If you are planning on using multiple colors, it is best to use gel food coloring. Gel food coloring works best with buttercream frosting because it is less likely to leave a taste and requires less drops. However, if you do not have gel food coloring, any food coloring will work fine.
  • You can also use the stencils to decorate with sprinkles on top of the cake. Just be careful when removing the stencil, that the excess sprinkles don’t spill onto the cake. Airbrushing is another technique used to decorate cakes with stencils, but it can be a bit tricky at first to get the hang of.
  • You can store your buttercream frosted cake at room temperature for up to three days. It can also be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for six months. Allow the cake to reach room temperature before serving.
  • Buttercream frosting does not hold up well in the heat, so if you are serving your cake at an outdoor event in the summer, store your cake in the fridge until it is ready to serve. The heat may cause the designs done by stencils to melt and run some.
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A Simple Way to Make a Beautiful Cake

Stencils are a must-have for cake decorating. They not only make your cake decorating look flawless but allow you to decorate a cake in a matter of minutes.

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