Damask!!! I tried ordering the stencil in time but the cheapest shipping made it almost a month to get here (Northern Canada - right out in the boonies!!!) Looking at images that I've Googled they look pretty intricate! I'm hoping to do this for a faux wedding cake display in a local store front. Please help!!
Sorry I can't help. I'll give you a bump, though.
Yes, damask is a pretty intricate pattern.
I didn't really see a question in your post, though.
If you want it sooner, I guess you'll need to pony up the money for speedier shipping.
Oh boy! I did a Damask wedding cake . It's a lot of work. The bride wanted me to use her own design (monogram) from her invitations, yet she wanted it to match the placement of the design on another cake.
That part wasn't too hard. She emailed me a pic of her design. I copied that pic into Microsoft Publisher and did some cutting and pasting and then emailed her a couple of designs & she chose the one she wanted.
One website said to pipe the pattern onto waxed paper with Royal Icing and then once they're dry, attach them to the cake. Sounds easy enough but I had a LOT of breakage since the pattern was so delicate and detailed.
Another site said to pipe the pattern onto waxed paper with melted chocolate. I didn't try it since I read about it too late. But it would be worth a try.
On the day of the wedding as I was trying to apply the dried RI transfers they kept breaking.
So I ended up tracing the pattern again onto waxed paper with RI and quickly put it on the cake and then took the paper off. It left the wet RI design imprinted on the cake. Then I piped the pattern AGAIN directly onto the cake with RI. It took a long time but it worked. Although it wasn't as neat and the original RI transfers I made.
I hope it will be much easier for you and hopefully someone on CC will have better ways of doing it but just in case I thought I would at least share my experience of Damask with you and hopefully it will help.
As far as a pattern, you don't necessarily need a stencil. Just find a picture on the internet and use it for your pattern. Look on websites that sell material, monograms, or even stationary. Since you're using it for your own store display cake it should be fine.
Thanks for the help. That was what I was asking. I was wondering if there was another way to do it other than stencils.
Martha Stewart has a damask-type cake in her wedding book. It's royal icing piped and flooded on paper then placed on the cake. Very pretty - but like Steady2Hands knows - they mention breakage in the book and recommend making extra.