Cake decorating patterns are an easy way to decorate a cake. There
are several ways you can use a pattern and we'll discuss the
different steps you can take to decorate with templates and
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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How to Use Cake Templates or Patterns
When thinking of cake patterns or templates, there are several
ways they can be used to make an easy cake decorating
Shape your Cake
With a large template you can shape
cake by cutting your design out of a baked cake. These are
often called cut up cakes. These are best made by making a pattern
on a large sheet of paper and laying your pattern on a 13x9 or the
appropriate size and cutting out your design. You'll need to make
sure to start with a crumb coat, a thin layer of buttercream, before
decorating as it will seal in the cut edges.
Buttercream or Chocolate Transfer
and a chocolate transfer.
Both of these methods take a picture, template or pattern and fill
in the design. For a buttercream transfer you use frosting and for
a chocolate transfer you use melted chocolate. The image is frozen
or hardens and you place your image on a frosted cake. The
advantages of doing a transfer is it is easier to trace the
details in your image.
Frost around Pattern
Frost around your pattern.
In this method you lay your pattern on an unfrosted cake and frost
around it. Once you lift up your pattern, you will see an empty hole
where the pattern was laying. This will be the outline of your
pattern. Pipe black frosting with a writing tip around the edges and
fill in details. This outline method allows you to free hand inside
the design. It is easier if you pick an image with not too many
Very similar to number 3 is laying your picture down on a
already frosted cake. Trace in the frosting the outline with a
toothpick. Pipe around edges with black writing tip and fill in
details on top of the frosted cake.
Use cookie cutters for an easy decorating technique. Draw an outline
with a toothpick and fill in the design.
Fondant Cut Outs
Use a coloring page or one of our cake decorating patterns, lay it
on rolled out
fondant and cut out the outline with a sharp knife. Lay on a
frosted cake and add details as needed.
Paint a Cake
To paint a cake you will need:
frosting-either homemade or you can buy black frosting in
Bake, cool and frost your cake
Find a picture you like either online or in a kids coloring book.
Cut your picture out and draw the outline of your design with a
toothpick in your frosting. If you are worried to place your paper
right on your frosting layer a sheet of waxed paper or lightweight
cardboard like a cereal box under your picture and cut the design
out of waxed paper. Then place the design on top of your frosting
and outline with a toothpick.
With your black
frosting use a tip 1 or 2. This is a writing tip and you will
fill in the lines of your toothpick outline with black frosting. You
can use a different color icing for the outline if you'd like.
In small bowls, color your icing whatever colors you will need for
your design. You will use a basic buttercream frosting.
Using a pastry tip #2 or #3 and the icing color you desire, fill in
each section. Then with a paintbrush smooth out your frosting.
Painting using Food Writing Pens
You can buy food markers that you can use for decorating. You use
them just like normal markers but they are safe for food. These work
best writing on fondant frosting, royal icing or directly on sugar