Make an Impression with Stencils
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Cocoa makes a delicious dusting powder to use in concert with cupcake stencils.

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You don't have to be a whiz baker to get this technique right. Cupcake stencils let you produce a professional-looking design with no fuss. Maybe you're making a batch of cupcakes for your preschooler's classroom or an office meeting around the holidays. Whether it's in the shape of a snowflake, baseball or something else, select a stencil that fits the occasion. Simply apply a flat layer of frosting first. Hold the stencil over the cupcake so it's almost touching the icing. Then, sprinkle colored sugar, cocoa or your favorite topping onto the stencil. Voila! You've got a lovely dessert that looks like it took hours to make.