If you want to create some gorgeous festive or celebration cakes - try some melted chocolate stencilling. It's the nature of the beast to be a bit messy and even temperamental! But the results are quite stunning - so have a go and see if you can master it. A one-off project such as a cake can be more straight forward, as biscuits leave more room for error - you can do as many as you like, but you have to wipe clean the back of the stencil between stencilling each biscuit. So biscuits require a little patience – but do give you the chance to improve through repetition! If you want the easy and quick route - go for the Icing Sugar Stencilling. A celebration cake though, with icing and chocolate stencilling will stay fresh a lot longer, so can be prepared in advance of any event.
Preparation before stencilling
Chocolate Stencilling needs to be done on a completely flat surface. So use smooth, not knobbly biscuits, or biscuits with a layer of icing on (make sure they are big enough too!) For cakes make sure they do not sag in the middle or curve upwards and the chocolate will not stencil on an uneven surface. Fill dips in cakes with extra icing and slice off the top of slightly spherical cakes! Ice cakes with white marzipan and Arctic White Ready to Roll Icing, smoothing the icing to as flat a surface as possible.
Melt your broken chocolate pieces or buttons in a glass bowl over simmering hot water. Use 70% Cocoa chocolate for best results - the good stuff! Allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature before stencilling, it will just begin to stiffen a little and become less runny and easier to handle.
Finishing off and Decorating
Don't worry if your chocolate stencilling has smudged during the process - a certain amount of cleaning up is possible once the chocolate has fully set. You can use a scalpel or sharp pointed knife to gently ease off any chocolate that has smudged during stencilling and you can also roll out very thin strips of icing between your finger tips and squeeze into gaps between bridges that might have become filled with smudged chocolate - all little tricks of the trade!!
Decorate your finished cake with little silver sugar balls or edible glitter or even a little edible gold leaf - just to add a little sparkle to the finished cake.
The Small Christmas Tree Stencil has been used for our chocolate creation, but you can also use the Small Sleigh & Reindeer Stencil, Holly Sprigs Stencil, Christmas Greetings Stencil or Small Angels Stencil - depending on the size of your cake! Or use the floral China Rose Stencil or Blossom Clusters Stencil for celebration cakes.
Delicious digestive biscuits coated with Arctic White Icing and chocolate stencilling using our Little Snowflakes Stencil again! You can use shop bought or home baked biscuits and cakes - just make sure they are big enough for your project.