Stenciling The Sides Of A Round Cake

Decorating By whisperingmadcow Updated 25 Apr 2010 , 3:35am by soupercb

whisperingmadcow Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 10:00pm
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Hi All!

I have signed myself up for stenciling a cake for the first time and I just wanted some input. How hard is it to stencil the side of a round cake frosting with buttercream? Do I use royal icing or a different color buttercream?

Any advice would be awesome!

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ptanyer Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 10:04pm
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You can use either one. I suggest that you "ice" a cake pan with buttercream (just the sides) and let it crust and then practice, practice, practice. You could also ice some foam core and use that to practice on so that you get a feel for how much pressure to use to hold the stencil in place and to adjust your technique.

Hope that helps!

whisperingmadcow Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 10:12pm
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Do you find that the royal icing is easier to use? I am sort of leaning toward using buttercream, only because I don't want the royal to harden and be crusty.

ptanyer Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 10:14pm
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Yes, I prefer using buttercream to stencil with for cakes.

lisamenz Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 10:34pm
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You can use either one, but make sure your buttercream is pretty much a good crusting buttercream , and not to soft, because it will get behind the stencil, when you are going around the sides of the cake. Also I try to start in the middle of the stencil and then go out from there, side to side, that way the stencil gets a good hold on the cake and holds it in place. Stenciling is alot easier of course on fondant , then buttercream. I have stenciled alot over the years with buttercream and on the sides of cakes. Take your time and be patience. Good luck. icon_smile.gif

sewsweet2 Posted 11 Apr 2010 , 11:10pm
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I tried stenciling a round dummy cake for a bridal fair... What a fiasco! Then I did a square wedding cake. Black buttercream on white buttercream cake...was a breeze to do.

I would suggest having an extra pair of hands when doing a round cake. I will definately make sure DH or a good neighbor is around to help me whenever I end up stenciling a round cake for anyone. HTH

whisperingmadcow Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 1:56am
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Hey, I just wanted to give everyone and update. I did my stenciling today. I found it to be very easy. This is my new favorite thing!

soupercb Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 2:38am
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I have a question about stenciling on a round cake. How do you line it all up..in other words, when you move the stencil how do you avoid smearing the parts you have already done?

whisperingmadcow Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 2:43am
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Well, I didn't want to use the whole stencil, so I covered part of it with paper and tape and was working with a smaller field as it were. But really the stencil wants to stay flat, not curved so it sort of keeps itself out of the way. I started in the middle of the stencil and then worked out to the sides. I never had a smear issue at all.

soupercb Posted 25 Apr 2010 , 3:35am
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oh, okay...Thanks

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