I was able to review two different types of stencils - I've been making cupcakes and some larger cakes for years for family and friends, but have never been brave enough to use the stencils which I've seen on the market before.
I've always admired the effect but thought it must be riduclously difficult to do.... well, here's my first attempts at using the stencils and I'm happy to say I was really pleased with the result!
You simply roll the ready-roll icing to your required thickness (about 5mm for the cakes I made) and place the stencil on top, give the icing another couple of firm rolls and dust with edible lustre or shimmer sparkle. Carefully remove the stencil and voila! You have a beautifully elegant cake topper! Cut to size with a round cutter (or heart-shaped cutter would work equally well) position on top of your cupcake and there you have it - a cupcake fit for a queen (or princess, prince or who ever you wish to treat!)
You could also dust a dark chocolate brownie with icing sugar using the same technique.. or just use without an additional colour or glitter to produce and embossed 3D effect to add a stylish touch to a plain cupcake.
The only tip I would give you is to make sure you use plenty of icing sugar on the rolling surface so that your icing does not stick... I found the last couple of rolls made the icing stick slightly to the table top surface and was a bit diifcult to remove.
I only ever really make cakes for school fundraisers and family/friends but these stencils are definitely a worthy addition to my cake-making basket of goodies! And if I were a professional cake maker - especially wedding cupcakes/favours/etc... these would be an essential part of my kit.
Priced at just £5 per stencil and able to be used time and time again, they are the best value specialist and essential item I would buy.
Have a look at their Facebook page here for regular updates with products and new ideas - your cakes will look better than ever and you will the envy of everyone!
So there you go, a simple way to make your cupcakes stand out from the crowd - in a good way!