Frozen Buttercream Transfer

Frozen buttercream transfer is a method of transferring art to iced cakes - adding a buttercream plaque to the cake. Simple images work best. Try coloring books, or looking online if you're not a confident artist! You create these plaques backwards - working on the illustration details before the background colors.


Step 1

Choose a picture and print or trace a reverse image of the design. Tape to plexiglass or cake board; tape parchment paper over image.

Step 2

Outline image with round decorating tip (3, 4 or 5 most common) and colored buttercream icing.

Step 3

Using medium consistency icing, fill in details on design (ornaments on this tree, sunglasses and mouth.

Step 4

Fill in background color with zigzag; smooth gently with angled spatula.

Step 5

Outline the design, at least 1 in. all around, with icing in same color as cake.

Step 6

Place in freezer until hardened.

Step 7

Remove from freezer. Place on iced cake.

Step 8

Remove parchment.

The Public Television cake decorating show providing easy projects for special celebrations. Not intended to replace instructional classes.