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How to Decorate a Cake: Ganache Coating & Sugar Stencils

Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows us how to make an impressive ganache coated cake with a simple powdered sugar stencil.

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-Decorating a cake can be intimidating, but today, I??m going to show you a few simple techniques that are sure to wow your family. We??re starting with just a plain chocolate layer cake and we??re going to make it fabulous with some chocolate ganache and some powered sugar. That??s it. To start this, you wanna put your layer cake on to a cooling rack and a baking pan. This is very important. Otherwise, if you don??t, you??re going to have chocolate ganache all over your counter and the bottom of your cake will get soggy. So, starting with my ganache a little warm because ganache hardens as it cools and I wanna make sure that it??s pourable. So, as you pour the ganache, you can tilt the pan a little bit. Beautiful. So, you can tilt the pan just to make sure it??s covered on all the sides, but don??t be afraid to have some of these little drips here. It looks really pretty. So now, once you??re done with this, you wanna put it into the fridge or the freezer to harden. And once it??s hard, then you can do your powder sugar stencil. So, these stencils are a great way to add a little sass to your cakes. You can buy them online or at cooking stores of if you don??t have a stencil, you can just use parchment paper and scissors to make your own. So, I think today I??m going to use the heart stencil. And I??m going to place it just very gently on the cake. Okay. So, the best tool to use for this is a fine mesh sieve. So, I??m going to put my powdered sugar into the sieve and just gently tap. I even like it when some of the powdered sugar gets along the cake plate here. Alright. And so now, you want to lift the stencil directly up so you don??t mess up your design. Just lift it up gently and you??ll see your great powdered sugar design right on top of the cake. Sure to impress your family and friends.