Hi!

 

I was lucky enough to blog recently over at Silhouette School. I was so excited to be working with Melissa as I love her blog and tutorials.   I am a serial crafter; if you can make it I’ve tried it and baking is no exception!  To make it even better I have found a way to use my silhouette to make amazing stencils to customise my cakes and I can’t wait to see what you think.

 

I have so many icing templates but never the right one for the occasion….in comes my trusty Silhouette; I need cakes so often been school, craft parties and cacheable offences at work!

Here are a few of the cakes I have done so far…

If you search the Silhouette Design Store for stencil designs, there are quite a few as you can see:

Some do work better than others; below you can see some of my hits and misses; the trick seems to be large open areas; the deer was too fiddley in the antlers and the pieces between the petals on the flowers are just too thin top get definition when you ice the cake.

However, when you get it right the results are absolutely amazing; a really showstopper….

Like any crafter I can’t bare to throw any piece away; you can see in this cake I used both the original stencil and then used the snowflake cut out as a different stencil to give a mirror image.

2 snowflake cakes

For the stencils themselves I used a reasonably thick cardstock; I have a rather endless supply of retired Stampin’ Up! cardstock and this is the perfect weight. You can see my cut settings below; I did go higher on the setting as my blade is a little worn and I wanted a very precise cut to give my icing definition.  However, for my well used stencils I use projector film as I can wipe these clean to use over and over. You can get the film I use here on Amazon UK.

There are four easy steps to make your fab cake once you’ve cut your stencils:

Having had quite a few misses during the experimentation here are some top tips to get the perfect iced cake:

  • Sift your icing sugar before you put it on the cake even if you don’t add a colour; it will give you a more delicate result.

  • Using a tea sieve is much finer than a flour sieve will give you a more delicate result and helps with intricate designs.
  • You can colour your icing sugar by using this tutorial I found Petal dust on Amazon UK and Amazon USA; but I found I needed one small pot and ½ cup of icing sugar to get real colour intensity; below is a picture using my new recipe compared to the colour of the power; of course the less sugar you dilute the petal dust with the more intense the result.  I’m not sure if Pixie dust in the the USA is different to the British stuff as a lot of ingredients are outlawed here!

  • Add your icing sugar to the sieve in a corner of your workspace otherwise you will get a lump over your cake and the result won’t be even.

  • Using your rotary mat is great for any cake decorating work; I use cling film or press n’ seal to cover the surface; I love being able to see the measurement markings underneath, it gives you a nice firm surface and you can just throw the cling film away for easy clear up!

That’s all for my fab cakes using my Silhouette.  I hope you enjoy making them as much as my family did eating all the samples!! This is my first ever tutorial post so thanks for coming along for the ride!  I hope you’ll drop by the Hollow (www.hedgehoghollow.co.uk) soon where I post all my projects in the kitchen, in the studio or off the needles.  We also have a Facebook (www.facebook.com/hedgehoghollowblog) page where my brood like to post their latest makes too!  See you soon and thanks for having me!