How to Hand Paint on Cakes with edible colors
Hand Painting on cakes can be fun!! The right brushes, the right colors and you all good. Here’s are a few tips and insight you need to know about how to hand paint on cakes with edible gel colors.
As I always say hand painting is not my fort and yet I have been very fascinated with the art of hand painting.
What weird about my hand painting ability is – If you gave me a piece of paper and asked me to paint I can’t!! I just can’t and yet if you give me a cake and asked me to paint- I can!! Not really an awesome painting but ………hey it might even look good. ha!!
So I thought I’d share with you some hand painted cakes which I have been quite pleasantly surprised with.
By the way did you see any of my small videos on painting these on Instagram? Was fun!! Don’t forget to follow me so you can see more!
On this one I tried to hand paint some Ranunculas and blossom –
Devil’s food chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and my homemade sugar paste..
Next are these Hand Painted Blossoms
Strawberry Jello Cake with Strawberry flavored Buttercream and Homemade sugar paste.
Devil’s food chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and my homemade sugar paste.
Can you see the gradation of colors? It’s a one stroke brush painted effect.!
I think the one stroke brush effect is what fascinates me most about hand painting on cakes with edible gel colors.
Here’s the second of the two Hand painted cakes
Golden Yellow Daisies
Vanilla Butter cake with Vanilla Buttercream and homemade sugar paste.
How to Hand Paint on Cakes with edible gel colors?
Now I’m no painter but as always I’ll share with you what I have learned from experience so far. I’m sure I will share more on this subject in the coming days /months /years and perhaps look at his old post with embarrassment. But that’s how we learn right? We all have to start somewhere?
- Brushes – This is extremely important . The flow of you brush is what will give you those brush strokes. It is also important that you brush be soft so you do not ruin your cake.
Most importantly you must have good quality paint brushes that will not have the bristles(hair) falling off.
You want to ensure your brushes are not used for anything other than food. So they are food safe.
And you want to ensure your brushes are soft bristles as the fondant is soft so you will be working on a soft canvas.
- Cakes – Cover your cake and let it sit for a few hours so the fondant will dry and form a seal.
The dry fondant will be easy to paint on unlike with wet fondant usually the color doesn’t always stick well. So be patient and let the fondant rest for a while.
Make sure you do not use vegetable shortening on your fondant. Roll your fondant on cornstarch not vegetable shortening. Any grease on the fondant may prevent the colors from staying on the cake.
- Colors – Get colors or Powder Colors.
I use edible gel colors, sometimes powder colors mixed with vodka.
If you need lighter shades it’s best to use white food color instead of liquid. For example add white powder instead of more vodka.
You will find you have great success with painting if you use less on your brush and use more layers rather than try to do it all in one go.
- Medium – I use vodka or lemon extract as my base. Lemon will leave a lemon flavor so do keep that in mind. Often I do not need much just enough to moisten my brush. Every painting requires a different thickness so find that balance of how much you need to add.
- Design – This is cake.. So decide what you want to do. Once you start there is not going back. Going back would mean redoing the fondant on the cake which is not just time consuming but costly too!
If you have no experience with free hand painting, try to trace a design on the white canvas first.
Go to google and look for the image you want. Copy and paste it on power point or work document. Resize it to the size that is right for your cakes.
Then trace it on both sides of a parchment paper.
After which you can then trace it on the the cake with an edible pencil. The black pencil will leave a fine trail on the white cake.
You can then use this to fill in the colors.
Right now I’m still pretty new to this whole hand painting on cakes. So once I have a little more experience under my belt I might even make a tutorial. So stay tuned. Until then wish you all a great week.
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