9 Perfectly Pretty Cake Stencil Designs

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Cake Decorating |


I remember when I first started cake decorating and I would see these intricate and amazing icing designs on cakes, I was so baffled as to how the cake designer created the pattern. Were they the best royal icing pipers in the universe? Yes, sometimes that was the case, but more often than not, the answer to creating beautiful iced patterns on cakes: cake stencils!

There are so many incredible cake stencil designs out there, and several ways to apply them. From royal icing to buttercream to hand painted, check out some of these tips and tricks of the trade.

Pink and Blue Paisley Stenciled CakePhoto via Craftsy instructor Alan Tetreault

Fuchsia and turquoise paisley stenciled cake

Bright vibrant colors, a vintage paisley pattern and modern sensibility clash delightfully in this splashy stenciled cake by Alan Tetreault, instructor of The Secrets to Perfect Stenciling. I love the royal icing stenciled pattern and the stand-alone paisley leaf perching at the top for a perfect balance of whimsy and color.

Orange Stenciled Cake Embellished with Peony Sugar Flower

Photo via Yummy Cupcakes & Cakes

Orange stenciled peony power

This two-tiered ivory fondant cake utterly pops with bright orange peony power – stenciled on with lovely skill. The white sugar flower gives added 3-D texture to this modern patterned cake.

Learn how to craft a lovely sugar peony like the one seen on this cake, as well anemones and tulips in the Nichols Lodge’s Craftsy class Classic Sugar Flowers.

Pink Damask Stenciled Cake

Photo via Frost Cake Co

Dusky pink painted damask cake

An Old Hollywood glamor themed wedding was elevated to glitzy sweet heights by this dusky pink stencil painted damask beauty. Soft pink sugar roses and teensy pearl and sparkle borders plus a flay of feathers heightens this cake even further. A fun and glamorous cake!

Black Fondant Cake with Buttercream Piped SkullPhoto via Craftsy member Zombie Girl

Punisher themed black fondant cake

Stencillng isn’t just for froo-froo uptown cakes. Craftsy member Zombie Girl used a stencil from the popular comic The Punisher to create the iconic cartoon skull logo. The cake was covered first in black fondant, the logo was traced on top, and she piped it in white buttercream.

Stenciled Gold Wedding Cake with Pink Sugar FlowerPhoto via Craftsy member Laura Vaccaro

Stenciled gold wedding cake

The gilded gold look of this stenciled wedding cake truly shines. I love the technique of applying the stencil first on a monochrome ivory cake then painting the whole thing with gold luster dust to achieve the allover gold shimmer.

White Fondant Cake with Black Stenciled FlowersPhoto via Craftsy member Nicole Kwong

Black and white patterned cake

This royal icing piped beauty is black and white and cute all over! The demure white sugar flowers with black centers provide a nice contrast to the clean white background. How lively the pattern looks with the use of piped “dots” in varying sizes, too!

Colorful ABC and 123 Stenciled 1st Birthday CakePhoto via Coco Cake Land

ABC hand-painted stencil cake:

Vintage-inspired ABC and 123 stencils and bold primary colors make a playful combination in this cherry cake, which is just perfect for a back-to-school party or a child’s birthday bash.

Two-Tier Pale Yellow Cake with Royal Icing Stenciling Photo via Craftsy instructor Alan Tetreault

Perfect princess cake

This sweet two-tiered pale yellow cake with royal icing stenciling is a cake fit for a princess! Alan Tetreault uses royal icing over-piping on his stencil pattern to really make it shine. The white sugar daisy sits like a sparkly jewel, adding extra depth.

Tartan and Damask Wedding CakePhoto via Erica O’Brien Cake Design

Tartan and damask wedding cake

Cake designer Erica O’Brien seamlessly ties together two themes in one in this lovely tartan, damask and sugar flower cake. A great way to combine the likes and loves of both bride and groom – or an homage tier to a couple’s heritage.

Loving the look of stenciled cakes? Want to learn the tips and tricks of how to stencil royal icing on fondant with a sturdy, no-fail system? Craftsy instructor Alan Tetreault walks you through all of his tried and true methods in his new Craftsy class The Secrets to Perfect Stenciling!

How do you use stencils in your cake decorating?