Originally Posted by uoficowboy
By the way - how does one do that light coating of confectioner's sugar that is so attractive? There must be some tool for this I'm thinking - surely you can't do that by hand? What's more - I've seen designs that were sort of cut into the coating of confectioner's sugar - any idea how to do that as well?
I use a fine-mesh strainer/sieve to "sprinkle" powdered sugar over things.
As for the designs that appear cut into foods, those are done using stencils, which can be purchased. Paper doilies work just as well.
For example, if you want to decorate the top of a plain gingerbread cake, just place a doily on top that's the right size. Sprinkle the sugar over the doily, then remove the doily carefully. The sugar will have filtered through the little holes in the doily and create a pretty design on the cake.