I baked and frosted the cake at home and brought to class to learn how to do a pattern transfer. I still have problems getting the butter cream frosting smooth but I think I have definitely improved over my first cake! Because I didn’t want to do the standard rainbow with clouds, I decided on a different pattern before class. Pattern transfers are easy and coloring books make great patterns for transferring onto a cake.
How to do it
- Decide on a pattern that fits the cake. Use a copier to shrink or enlarge your image.
- Draw or trace the image onto parchment or wax paper.
- Prepare your cake with a smooth frosting finish. Meringue powder in the recipe helps the frosting to “crust” and chilling the cake will help keep the frosting firm.
- Trace the pattern on the reverse side of the parchment paper with a thin line of piping gel or frosting. Tip 1 or 2 works best, or you can buy the piping gel already in tubes. (You will be tracing the reverse image of your design) Use a color that you will easily be able to see on the frosted cake.
- Carefully place the paper, with piping gel side down, on the cake.
- Trace the lines with a small brush to make sure the gel transfers to the frosting surface, careful not to smear the lines together.
- Carefully remove the paper. If you have used parchment, and your frosting is chilled and/or crusted, it should not stick.
- You now have an outline of your image that you can trace and/or fill in as you desire. Stars are the technique most commonly used to “fill in” a design.
Depending on your design you could also use cookie cutters to imprint a design in your frosting and trace or fill in as desired.
Wouldn’t it be great to draw your child’s favorite cartoon character on their plain rectangular sheet cake?
Give it a try; it’s a lot easier than you think!