When it comes to decorating cakes, the possibilities are endless. With the right tools and icing you can turn a plain tiered cake into a towering castle or a flat sheet cake into an ice skating rink. Cake decorating tools such as fondant imprints make it possible to print patterns directly onto the cake without having to go through the hassle of drawing the designs with piping gel. Imprint mats can be used with fondant or buttercream icing to imprint a variety of things including flowers, swirls and brick patterns onto cakes.
Using Rolled Fondant
Roll the fondant out to the desired thickness on a smooth, flat surface.
Lightly dust the brick pattern with cornstarch to keep the pattern from sticking to the fondant.
Lay the brick pattern on top of the rolled fondant and gently roll over the pattern with a rolling pin. Carefully peel the pattern away and cut the fondant to the desired size.
Using Buttercream Icing
Apply a crumb coat to the cake and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before applying the top layer of icing.
Allow the icing to crust over. Depending on the humidity in the room and the thickness of the icing, this process usually takes 10 to 20 minutes.
Gently press the brick pattern into the frosting in the desired location on the cake. Move the pattern as needed to cover a larger area.
Using Piping Gel
Frost the cake as you normally would and allow it to crust slightly for about 5 minutes.
Draw horizontal lines onto the cake using piping gel in the desired location of the bricks. The spacing between the lines will determine the size of your bricks. If you want smaller bricks, keep the lines closer together and if you want the bricks to be large, put extra space between the lines.
Draw evenly-spaced vertical lines between each of the horizontal lines using piping gel to create the individual bricks. The width of each brick should be approximately two times the amount of space in between the horizontal lines. Stagger the vertical lines between the rows so that each line in one row falls directly in between two vertical lines in the row above and below.
Look for brick patterned impression mats at your local bakery supply or craft store. If you cannot find any in the cake decorating aisle, some craft stores sell brick walls and molds along with the dollhouse supplies.
Add color and dimension to your bricks by using dyed icing. If using fondant, paint the color onto the bricks using a paint brush or dye the fondant before you roll it out and print it. Use colored piping gel, black or white, to draw on the horizontal and vertical lines and color in the bricks with a deep red.