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Different Techniques Create Different Looks
Stencils are a very effective and relatively simple method to make impressive decorations and patterns for your cake decorating projects. It is best to use stencils created for culinary use which are plastic but wall stencils are also very pretty and have lots of interesting options. There are many different effects that can be created from stencils using gel color paste, lustre dust and even simple powdered sugar or cocoa. You simply have to decide what look is needed for the cake or cookies.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Pick the Right Stencil for the DesignMake sure you pick a stencil that is the correct size and scale for the surface of the area you want to cover. A small design is more appropriate for a cookie or cupcake and a larger stencil could be used for covering the whole top of a cake or wrapping the sides. A tiny repeating pattern also looks gorgeous trailing around the edge of a cake.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Roll Out Fondant or Gum Paste
Roll out fondant or gum paste as large as you need it for your design until it is less than a quarter inch thick. If you plan to cut out different shapes then a large section of fondant can be the quickest way to create the pieces you need.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Lay Stencil on Fondant
Dusting a stencil with edible luster dust is one effective way to make pretty designs. Lay your stencil on the fondant or lay out more than one pattern. Use a fondant smoother to press down on the stencil so that the fondant squeezes out a bit through the pattern.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Apply Vegetable ShorteningUse a paint brush or your fingertip to smooth a tiny amount of vegetable shortening on the exposed fondant.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Apply Luster Dust to StencilSelect a paintbrush with large soft bristles and dip the whole surface into your luster dust. Tap the brush to remove the extra dust and then apply the brush to the stencil. Make sure you also remove the extra dust from the surface of the stencil so that when you lift it the design is not ruined. You can use several different colors of luster dust in a design as long as you use clean brushes for each color so you don’t contaminate the pattern. Lift the stencil away from the fondant with care... using two hands if necessary. Now you are ready to either cut out shapes from the fondant or use the entire piece.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Powdered Sugar Stencil Designs
Powdered sugar designs are just as simple to create as those using luster dust, even easier! You must use a different color than white as your fondant base if you want a clear contrast. You can also simply stencil the entire top of an iced or uniced cake.
Lay the stencil on the surface and using a flour sifter or fine sieve dust the entire surface of the stencil with icing sugar taking care to cover every detail.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Lift the Stencil
Lift the stencil off the surface making sure that the excess sugar stays on the stencil. Powdered sugar is heavier than luster dust so it tends to stay where it was sifted as long as you don't tilt the stencil when removing it or breath heavily!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Painting with Gel Paste Colors to Create Stencil DesignsYou can paint on fondant as easily as on a wall or paper. Lay the stencil on the fondant or gumpaste and use clean paint brushes to apply color to the exposed areas taking care to stay within the lines.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Remove the Stencil
Remove the stencil and let the gel paste colors dry. If you are using a folk art style design it is okay if the colors bleed a little. The pattern will look more authentic!