My favorite holiday traditions usually revolve around food. Sweet, savory… I'm not picky! But I am very particular about how my treats look when I bring them along to a dinner party. Of course, I want the food I make to taste delicious, but I also secretly crave a little affirmation at the dessert table.
"Oooh, this looks beautiful! Who brought this?" Yeah, that'd be me. Shazam!
This is the scenario I'm aiming for. So, even if I'm picking up a pumpkin pie from a local bakery, or just making brownies from a box mix, I like to add a little something special. I made these food stencils to personalize my baked goods for this holiday season and just love the charm they add to a simple pie, naked or frosted cake, or even a foamy drink. The stencils are simple to make, and I even included templates to make it even easier for ya!
It can be fun to design your own stencils using family names, inside jokes, or pretty graphics, but if you're in the mood for a simpler project, you can download the templates above.
-cake pans or other round objects
-craft blade (Make sure it's fresh and sharp.)
-cutting mat (not shown)
-stencil sheets (I purchsed mine at a local craft store for about $1 each.)
-masking tape or drafting tape (not shown)
Step Two: Use a small round object to trace a little tab on one or both sides of the stencil.
Tip: Use a cake pan as a template for your stencil size. This will ensure that your stencil is the size of your cake, making it easier to use.
Step Four: Use masking or drafting tape to fix the stencil on top of the printed template. Use a sharp craft blade to cut out the template design. If your blade is sharp, you shouldn't have to press too hard.
Tip: Make sure you save the little scraps you cut out from the stencils—they make great masks!
These stencils are my new favorite baking gadget! I can't wait to use them on a freshly frosted cake to add fun sprinkle designs. So many possibilities! –Mandi
Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.