Cake decorating patterns offer endless opportunities to add creative designs to your cakes.
There is something to be said about serving a beautifully decorated cake.
It adds delight to the dinner table and the unique decorative touches are sure to make a lasting impression on family and friends.
This is your chance to celebrate a special occasion by creating a masterpiece for all to appreciate and indulge in.
You can choose from hundreds of patterns consisting of different themes and styles – from animals, famous characters, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas designs, and more.
Since you will have many patterns to choose from, you can make a variety of cakes with each having its own distinctive design.
A wonderful cake decorating resource is Wilton’s website. In addition to Wilton offering tips on cake decorating, you will also find countless cake patterns for every occasion that you can download for free.
Yes, for free. You can choose by celebration and by theme, and there are many cake decorating patterns available for each celebration category and theme. Another great resource is the “Secrets of Cake Decoration” e-book.
Before baking a cake, you first want to select a theme. In doing so, you will know what type of cake pan you will need, along with the icing colors, fondant, and other necessary baking items.
For instance, for an animal theme, you can use an animal-shaped pan.
For a holiday like Easter, you can use a rabbit-shaped pan. If you prefer to keep it simple, you may use a round, square, or rectangular cake pan to bake your cake.
Cake decorating patterns are available in the following:
- 4th of July
- Baby Shower
- Back to School
- Birthday (for example, 1st Birthday, Over the Hill Birthday)
- Bridal Shower
- Father’s Day
- Family Reunion
- Labor Day
- Mother’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Super Bowl
- Valentine’s Day
- Famous Characters (in designs, such as, Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse, Elmo, Sponge Bob)
- Feminine (in designs, such as a Carousel Horse, Pink Purse, and a Crown)
- Juvenile (in designs, such as a Lady Bug, a Choo Choo Train, and a Giraffe)
- Masculine (in designs, such as a Football, Dump Truck, and Fire Truck)
- Miscellaneous (in designs, such as Candy Corn, Tile Style, White Collar, and Fairy Tale)
- Outer Space
- Party (for example, a cake made to appear as a wrapped present)
- Teddy Bear
- Wedding Groom
To find free cake decorating patterns by Wilton, you may visit their website.
Here’s an example of an adorable cake decorating pattern by Wilton called “Primped Up Pup Cake.
Also check out instructions on how to make Wilton’s “Primped Up Pup Cake.”
How to Transfer a Cake Decorating Pattern onto a Cake
Materials you will need:
- Cake Circle or a Piece of Cardboard
- Cake Decorating Pattern
- Gel Food Coloring
- Icing Gel
- Parchment Paper
Step 1: Before transferring a cake decorating pattern onto a cake, you first want to make sure the cake is iced. Print a mirror image of the cake decorating pattern that you would like to transfer. To print a mirror image, set your printer properties to the “mirror image” setting.
Step 2: Tape the cake decorating pattern to a flat surface, such as a cake circle or a piece of cardboard.
Step 3: Cut a piece of parchment paper the exact size of the cake. Lay the parchment paper over the cake decorating pattern.
Step 4: Trace the design with either a black food pen or with a bit of black icing gel.
Turn the parchment paper over and decide where on the cake you would like the image to go. Using care, lay it down and rub the black outlines onto the cake.
Step 5: Now that you have an outlined image on your cake, you can trace the outline using black icing. You can fill in the design with colored gels or colored icing. If you use icing, it is best to wait until the icing firms up a bit and then you can gently smooth it with a finger lightly dusted with corn starch.
How to Do a Frozen Buttercream Transfer (FBCT)
A frozen buttercream transfer is a method of transferring an image to a frosted cake. This method is similar to the above mentioned cake decorating pattern transfer, but the difference is that with a cake decorating pattern transfer, you transfer an image to a frosted cake with gel on parchment paper. With a frozen buttercream transfer, you essentially create a buttercream plaque and apply it to your cake.
Materials you will need:
- Buttercream Icing
- Cookie Sheet or Cutting Board
- Decorating Bags
- Round Decorating Tip (Wilton #2)
- Royal Icing
- Small Icing Spatula
- Wax Paper
- Wilton’s Black Icing (comes in a tube)
Step 1: Select a cake decorating pattern and print a mirror image. Remember to have your image printed in the mirror image format when doing letters since you work on the back side of your transfer. If you are using an image taken from a coloring book, simply flip it over and trace the back of the page.
Step 2: Tape the image to a cookie sheet or another hard surface, such as a cutting board.
Step 3: Tape a piece of wax paper over the image.
Step 4: Trace an outline of the image using Wilton’s black icing. You can use Wilton’s round decorating tip #2 to pipe black icing around the outline of the picture. Put the cookie sheet containing the image in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
Step 5: Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and begin filling in the areas of the image using icing in the corresponding colors. Fill in around the image and any words with your background color. Use a small icing spatula to smooth over the image by applying slight pressure. This will help to fill in all the crevices and get rid of bubbles.
Step 6: Leave the image on the cookie sheet and place it in the freezer for 24 hours to allow the icing to harden.
Step 7: Remove the cookie sheet from the freezer, remove the image, and turn it over onto an iced cake (with the icing side down and the wax paper on top). Gently press the image into the icing. You may use tiny dots of royal icing to hold the image in place.
Step 8: Carefully remove the wax paper.
Step 9: You may pipe around the edges of the image to enhance it and add other finishing details to the cake.
It’s amazing how these simple techniques will allow you to produce a lovely image on a cake for all to admire. All it takes is a little bit of patience and time. The process is exciting and fun!