How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

October 11, 2012

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }
{ Carry On (with your canoe) and Have a Cupcake! }

My partner and I put together these cupcakes for a colleague's farewell to show off his adventurous and outdoor personality. I followed the process from Sweetopia on how to stencil cookies using royal icing and translated it onto fondants. I also created my own stencil using plastic transparency. It was pretty simple to do. I just need to cut out the shape using an exact-o-knife.


Materials

  • Fondants (I made my own fondant from marshmallow, see here)
  • Colouring gel
  • Rolling pin
  • Angled spatula
  • Royal icing
  • Square cutter (or a square shaped lid of a tin can)
  • Stencil (DIY your own or store bought stencil)
  • Exact-o-knife

Instructions:



1. Roll out your fondants

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }


2. Use a square cutter (or a square shaped lid of a tin can), cut out pieces of square from the fondant.

  How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

3. Let them dry while you work on the canoes

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

Lay them flat and let dry. Make sure they are not touching each other. While you're waiting, roll the remaining fondant into long strands, approximately 1/2" thick. Cut them with a sharp knife to no larger than 2 inches long. Those will be the body of the canoes.


4. Squeeze and Poke

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

  • Squeeze both ends of the fondant to shape like a canoe.
  • Add some powdered sugar if marshmallow fondant gets sticky.
  • Using the tip of the chopstick, poke in the middle to form the inside.
  • Then, with black fondant, roll another long thin strand about 1/8" thick and cut them into 3/4" long.
  • These will be the sticks of the paddle.
  • Roll some black fondants into a small ball and "glue" them to one end of the black strand with bit of water.
  • Press the ball flat to form the paddle.
  • Let all pieces dry for few hours or until harden.


5. Create Your Stencil How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }






  • While you leave your fondants to dry, create your stencil. This can be any images you wish and in this case, I googled up a portage graphic to use.
  • Print it out on a piece of paper, making sure the size of the image is within the size of your square fondants.
  • With a plastic transparency, trace and carefully cut out the shape using an exact-o-knife.


6. Stencil with Royal Icing


How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

  • Mix some royal icing with tiny bit of water to start until toothpaste consistency. Add black colour gel with toothpick into the royal icing, until you get a dark enough colour.
  • Stir until colour are blended.


How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

  • Trim a small hole at the corner of the zip loc bag and squeeze the royal icing towards the hole.
  • Put your stencil over the dried square fondant.
  • Apply black royal icing on top of stencil, filling all gaps (careful not to move or lift up the stencil).


7. Scrape Off Excess

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial } With an angled spatula, scrape off excess royal icing carefully (don't lift up your stencil)

8. Peel Off Stencil

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial } Lift up the stencil and you will end with a clean shape of the royal icing. Repeat process until all your square fondants are done.

How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }

9. Place Fondants Over Cupcakes How to Stencil for Cupcakes { Tutorial }
Now, put your fondant decorations over frosted cupcakes sprinkled with cocoa powder. Who said men and cupcakes don't go well together?

Happy canoeing!

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