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Stenciled Halloween Cakes

Martha Stewart Living, October 1996

Use stencils to decorate gingerbread snacking cake and chocolate brownies with powdered-sugar silhouettes of witches, pumpkins, black cats, and spiders.

To make stencils, blow up our Halloween-themed templates* to desired size on a copy machine, using stiff paper. Cut out with a utility knife. Cut cooled brownies and gingerbread into circles and squares. Turn cakes over for stenciling, and place a stencil onto each cake. Sift orange sanding sugar or a mix of ground ginger and confectioners' sugar over cake. Carefully remove stencil.

*Halloween Templates
We offer this file in a PDF format, in order to make the details clear and printable. If you have trouble downloading the file, you can obtain the software for free from Adobe's website.

Comments (4)

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    And decorate when brownie is still warm. I'm going to try it

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    BetsyAnnette, maybe if you turn the brownie over like stated below

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    It's very important to turn the cake or brownie over on it's bottom, doing it on the top is quite difficult and becomes smudged.

  • 9 Oct, 2008

    I have used this technique on brownies since I first saw it in MS Living over 10 years ago. I have even expanded to other images with powdered sugar (football for tail gate parties,etc.). I haven't had much success with sanding sugar though. How do you get it to stick? Some of these images here have layed on the sanding sugar pretty thick.