I am having the worst time with this cake....
The cake is frosted in crusting buttercream. I have a stencil and am trying to transfer the pattern to the cake.
I got this to work on a dummy cake earlier in the week, by putting the stencil with royal icing on a piece of parchment paper and then applying it to the cake. I put the cake in the fridge, parchment and all, then after about an hour took the cake out and applied pressure to the parchment with my off set spatula while peeling off the parchment. It worked fine.
I'm trying to do the same application with the wedding cake and it's not working!!!
Does anyone have any thoughts? Should the cake be room temp instead of cold? Should I use a different medium, like buttercream or something else?
First off are you trying to stencil RI on BC? Because that won't work. You have to stencil BC on BC.
Thank you! I wondered about that. Should the cake be cold or room temp?
I like it cool to that the cake is firm. This way you won't damage the surface.
So, are you saying keep the cake in the fridge until I'm ready to apply the stencil on the parchment paper? Should I let it stay on there for any amount of time? Or can I just peel it right off?
I am unsure why are you applying your stencil to the parchment? I just apply my stencil to the cake.
Try doing it like a frozen BC transfer maybe? But you BC will need to be room temp to stick.
I tried to apply the stencil directly to the cake, every time I did it, the medium bled through and looked like a mess. I tried it with buttercream and royal icing. Thin and thicker. Neither worked. It just looked messy.
And the stencil always pulled the buttercream off the cake in places. I even tried dusting the stencil with powdered sugar.
You have to clean it up after applying it. You need a small paintbrush and a piping bag . You will have areas that need fill in and others that have stick up pieces. When applying just try to keep it from smudging that is very difficult to fix.
I'm going to try again. Should the cake be right out of the fridge?
That's why I like it cold from the fridge, so my BC is firm, make sure your stencil is super clean and dry, nothing on it. Some people spray it with Pam to keep it from sticking but you BC must be solid.
My BC is 50% butter and 50% shortening base, really thick. Then I add a bit of water to think it to a medium consistency for stenciling.
amyoungbl00d5- Thank you!! Wish me luck!