DIY ABC Stencil Cake

DIY ABC Stencil Cake

This brightly col­ored, cute-as-can-be ABC Sten­cil Cake would be a sweet sur­prise for your lit­tle one’s next alphabet–themed birth­day party. You will need a white fondant–covered cake, some new paint­brushes, gel food col­or­ing, and your favorite Hand­made Char­lotte sten­cils!

DIY ABC Stencil Cake

Never worked with fon­dant before? Not to worry. This video from Martha Stew­art will show you every­thing you need to know! Fon­dant is a sugar dough that can be rolled out thinly and applied as a smooth cov­er­ing over a frosted cake. It’s a lot of fun to work with and opens up another world of cake design applications—including sten­cil­ing! It’s avail­able in baking-supply or craft super­stores, or you can make your own marsh­mal­low fon­dant. Make this ABC cake for a birth­day party or even a back-to-school cake. I’ve had the Jack­son Five’s song ABC stuck in my head for days now!

DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

What You Need

  • One fon­dant cov­ered cake
  • Gel food col­or­ing in red, blue, and yellow
  • A paint palette or cups for mix­ing paint
  • Optional: A teensy bit of vodka
  • Clean, small craft paintbrushes
  • Cot­ton swabs and a small bowl of water
  • Hand­made Char­lotte sten­cils—I used the Party set!
DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

Step 1
Bake your cake. Cool cake com­pletely. Frost your cake, then cover with fondant.

DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

Step 2
Add a half tea­spoon of each gel col­or­ing into their own cups. Add a ¼ cap of vodka (you have some lying around, right?) to each cup and mix it with a paint­brush, cre­at­ing a more paint-like fluid. Don’t make it too runny, how­ever! This is optional—you can use the gel colour straight but it’s a lit­tle jelly-like, hence the vodka. Why vodka? Vodka evap­o­rates, leav­ing all the bright­ness of the gel color behind.

DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

Step 3
Care­fully cut out the let­ters you want to use for your cake. Punch out the letter’s inte­rior paper to yield the sten­cil. Now, it’s prac­tice time—roll out a piece of spare fon­dant thinly and do some prac­tice sten­cil­ing! Dip your paint­brush into the gel col­or­ing, pulling the brush along the edge of the bowl to min­i­mize drip­ping. You want a fairly dry brush with not too much gel on it. Hold­ing the sten­cil lightly but firmly against the fon­dant, brush on top of the sten­cil in a back and forth motion, ensur­ing proper cov­er­age, then gin­gerly pull the sten­cil away.

DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

Step 4
Time to sten­cil your cake! I was sweat­ing dur­ing the first few let­ters, but it was turn­ing out so cute I felt more and more con­fi­dent. Place a sten­cil where you want a let­ter or num­ber to be, press down lightly so you don’t indent the fon­dant, and go for it! Bonus: If you muck up, sim­ply wet a Q-Tip (just a little—so it’s prac­ti­cally dry) and go in and touch up your stenciling.

DIY ABC 123 Stencil Cake

Step 5
Alter­nate the gel col­ors for the num­bers and let­ters. I wanted a fun vin­tage class­room look to my cake so I used pri­mary col­ors, but feel free to use any gel col­ors you wish.

DIY ABC Stencil Cake

Step 6
Keep on sten­cil­ing until your cake is cov­ered to your lik­ing! Don’t worry if your spac­ing looks weird at first. I filled in any gaps and white spaces with dots or parts of let­ters and numbers—for instance, the polka dots are part of the num­ber “2” and the yel­low scal­lop is part of the let­ter “B.”

DIY ABC Stencil Cake

Step 7
For some extra styling fun, I used one of the punched out num­bers to cre­ate a sim­ple match­ing cake top­per! I love the look of the brown craft paper against the education-friendly cake. Sim­ply adhere the punched out num­ber onto a wooden BBQ stick with tape for instant cuteness.

Hope you enjoyed this DIY ABC Sten­cil Cake. See you again soon with another cute cake-themed tutorial!

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  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Sta­cia

    This is a really cute cake idea! I’ve found, how­ever, that I really don’t care for the taste of fon­dant. Are there any sweeter fon­dant recipes out there?

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    hi sta­cia! thanks so much!

    i don’t really know of any sweeter fon­dant recipes as it is already fairly sweet on the sweet­ness scale — but you could try adding more icing sugar to the marsh­mal­low fon­dant recipe? another option would be to ice the whole cake in but­ter­cream, then roll out the fon­dant and use cir­cle cookie cut­ters to cut out cir­cles in the fon­dant, and then sten­cil the fon­dant cir­cles, then place THAT on the cake! so you get more but­ter­cream or frost­ing as opposed to more fon­dant! :) i hope that helps as an idea… thanks for com­ment­ing! ^__^

  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Sta­cia

    Hi! That’s a help­ful sug­ges­tion. I hadn’t thought about doing a “mixed media” cake so to speak. Thanks a bunch!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    hi sta­cia — no prob­lem — glad to help! please do share your photo if you end up mak­ing it!

  • Court­ney

    Who knew about the Vodka. What an awe­some tip! Hand­made Char­lotte NEVER disappoints!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.ca/ Coco Cake Land

    oh thank you, courtney! :)