The bright colors and strong patterns of Aztec designs make them perfect for cake decorating. Using stencils that streamline the beauty of these patterns into thoroughly modern designs, makes for a great statement piece.
8” x 5” round cake
6” x 5” round cake
Cover cakes in fondant. (See how to do that here.)
Mix small amount of food color with alcohol and brush onto cake with a flat brush. To create depth, apply more color in some places and less in others.
Make a mixture of terracotta and burgundy color. Dip the paint brush into the mixture and lightly “flick” onto cake for splatter effect.
Mix royal icing, follow instructions and beat until it forms a soft peak.
Brush the back of the stencil with shortening and secure it to side of cake.
Gently apply icing over entire stencil. Use stencil scraper to remove excess icing. Carefully remove the stencil.
When icing on the cake is dry (about 10 minutes), overlap the pattern with stencil and repeat. Start on the right side of the original pattern, then stencil to the left of the original pattern. Continue alternating sides until the entire cake has been stenciled. Let dry completely. Wash and dry stencils.
Paint stencil with gold paint made with alcohol and gold dust.
To make the feathers, brush molds with corn starch. Roll fondant 1/8” thick.
Place fondant piece over bottom mold. Press fondant into mold with fingers.
Roll over with rolling pin until excess is cut away.
Align top piece and firmly press down. Remove feather from mold.
When dry, paint gold with the small paint brush.
Stack the cakes (See how to do that here.)
When dry, use royal icing to attach the feathers to the cake in a cluster.