The Techniques of a Caker - Stencilling

Curiouser and curiouser! Earlier this month I made a prop cake for a Mad Hatter’s high tea at the Dungog Festival. Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. I’m entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

Knowing my Alice in wonderland pretty well, ideas started flooding my head of all the details I could include on my cake. First came the idea of the bottom tier covered with wafer paper pansies from the garden scene and next, the top tier mimicking the door that Alice tumbles down, down, down through to land in Wonderland topped with a hand painted Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

With so much detail happening on the other tiers, I knew I wanted to pair back the middle tier but somehow wanted to incorporate the Queen of Hearts and the Flamingo croquet scene. Taking cues from the diamond design often seen on back of playing cards, I used my Faye Cahill cross hatch stencil, choosing to keep the royal icing white to subtly incorporate another level of detail to the cake. I was really happy with how this tier came together with the addition of a hand painted Queen, and playing cards, of course, painting the roses red (I was singing this for days!).

Such a fun cake to make, I hope everyone at the High Tea enjoyed the cake as much as I enjoyed making it.