by Sharon Wee

I shared this on Facebook in celebration of reaching 20,000 likes. That was nearly 2 years ago now! I hope you enjoy it if you haven’t already seen it.

Step 1

I use masking tape to hold down my stencils. I realise there are lots of other ways to stencil but this is what works for me.

I wait for the fondant to set a day before doing this and the masking tape does not ruin the fondant. But I use one that does not have a strong adhesive. If in doubt PLEASE test it out on some fondant first.

I make sure my royal icing is at a stiff consistency and then I spread thickly over the whole stencil.

Step 2

Gently scrape off the excess. I use a metal scraper to do this.

Step 3

Then peel off the stencil from one side to the other.

Step 4

If bleeding occurs, you can just use a toothpick or a damp brush to neaten it.

Step 5

To join the top part, I did trim off the bottom of the stencil a little bit and the joined it up.

The only thing about this part is that you have to be careful when you apply the royal icing.

Usually I wait for the prior section to dry first.

Step 6

Clean off the excess.

To join the pattern on the sides, you can do the same thing.

And yes you CAN use the masking tape on top of the royal icing as long as it’s DRY.

Finished result
The finished result!

And that’s it! If you’d like to get some stencils of your own I suggest you visit my friends at Designer Stencils. They ship worldwide too!

If you’d like to find some of the products Sharon used in this tutorial you can find them below.

Some of Sharon's favourite tools

10 Comments on Stencilling Mini Tutorial

  1. marlena
    April 29, 2015 at 10:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful cake! Did you apply your luster dust by airbrush or dry brush? What was your base color of fondant?
    Thank you.?

    • Sharon Wee
      April 30, 2015 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Marlena, it was painted on with a normal brush (mixed with alcohol). The fondant was white but colouring it before may save some time.

      • Natasha
        July 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

        Sharon, do you get the same result if you apply a thin layer of shortening to the fondant, and then apply the dust?

        • Sharon Wee
          July 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm (4 years ago)

          Hi Natasha, I’ve never tried this but I don’t see why not. Just test it out on a piece of rolled out fondant first, it won’t take long and you’ll know for sure 🙂

  2. Sue Valentine
    June 22, 2015 at 5:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for this – it is exactly the guide I was looking for. Would you by any chance have another guide on how to do the lustre finish? I’ve used lustre so many times before, but it always leaves extra dust that goes everywhere. I’m worried it will all cover up the stencilling, and don’t think i could use masking tape on the finish I get so must be doing something wrong. Thanks in advance, your work is amazing,

  3. lena
    July 17, 2015 at 3:30 am (4 years ago)

    I love your creativity

  4. Susan Mason
    November 2, 2015 at 5:16 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Sharon,
    Sometime ago you did a short tutorial on applying a London Skyline on a 10″ round Wedding cake.
    I think you did your skyline free hand, I have a similar cake to create and would appreciate some advice on how to create a professional look.
    I have checked out several sites for stencils but they are too small and icing sheets just don’t work.
    I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you, Sue


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