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Spring Meadow Stencil & Painted Cake

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Follow our simple step by step guide to learn how to make this fresh and elegant spring meadow cake, using the meadow and foilage stencils by House of Cake.

You will need to make sure your cake is approx 5″ tall (around 13cm) so that the stencils will fit neatly onto the side. Once the cake has been covered in sugarpaste, leave the cake for at least 24 hours so that the icing will set firm.

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STEP ONE: SPONGING THE CAKE

Pour some lavender and white powder food colouring onto a plate, then mix the powders with a little rejuvenator spirit to form different shades of paint. Using a damp sponge, dip it into the paint then dab onto a sheet of kitchen towel before applying to the cake, graduating the colour from dark to light up the side. It’s always a good idea to have a little practice on paper first!

Work your way around the cake and when you are happy with the effect, leave to dry.

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STEP TWO: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!

Creating a colour sponge stencil effect is really simple. Choose your dust or a mix of shades and tones. Start with the lightest colours and mix with a little white dust and rejuvenator spirit to create a paint. Once happy with the colour, dip the sponge into the colour and test it on a piece of kitchen towel first before dabbing onto the stencil. It’s important to make sure your paint is the right consistency – if it’s too wet, the colour will run!

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STEP THREE: STENCILLING THE LEAF DESIGN ONTO THE CAKE 

Attach the leaf stencil to the side of the cake using sterilised pins (simply dip the pins into a little boiled water to sterilise them). Repeat exactly the same method as for the practice run, working your way all around the cake. Take out the pins and peel the stencil away and leave to dry.

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STEP FOUR: ADDING THE WILD FLOWER DESIGN

Position the wild flower stencil onto the side of the cake and secure into place with sterilised pins. Open a pot of Sattina royal icing and give the icing a really good stir, add a little water to make a softer consistency before using a small palette knife to spread generously over the stencil.

Now scrape away the royal icing, leaving just enough icing within the stencil so the floral design shows through.

Take the pins out and slowly peel away the stencil revealing the pretty meadow effect. Leave the icing to dry a little then move the stencil along the side of the cake to the next position and repeat all the way around. You can choose to leave the floral design completely white for a more subtle look or continue and add a splash of colour to the flowers.

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STEP FIVE: PAINTING THE FLOWERS 

Have fun and paint your spring meadow design with a choice of edible powders and paste colours mixed with a little rejuvenator spirit to make edible paints.

Remember when painting the stems, flowers and leaves, mix and blend the chosen colours in a paint palette and gradually build up the depth of colours by layering from light to dark. For final touches, add a 3mm ribbon around the base of the cake in a complementary colour.

Handy Hints

Look at a picture for inspiration to create your ideal spring meadow design – it will really help you to choose the colours.

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