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Post by Kristal on Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:28 am

I was at Michael's last week in the baking section, saw the edible markers and thought - I've never seen anyone do one-stroke painting on a cake! I have Wilton icing colours and unused brushes...

...and decided that painting on fondant by itself would be kind of dumb; might as well bake a cake.

So in terms of making the cake, I cheated with box mix and ready-to-go fondant, but seeing as all I really wanted to do was to paint anyway, I don't care all that much Razz (Though I did swirl some food colouring through the batter...will try to remember to take a photo once we cut into it.)

It's different but not all that different, painting on fondant. I found it annoying that I didn't have white icing (haha, I rely on my Wolfe white a lot it seems) and it was the first time I'd used these icing colours, so I didn't really know how they'd go together.

Also - this is my first fondant cake EVER - I had no idea how or if the fondant would fall flat on the sides!

Anywho - pix!





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Post by Fun2Play on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:35 am

cheers I am in love with your cake! cheers

You have taken the cake, pardon the pun... sorry, couldn't help myself.

Your first fondant ever? It looks flawless. You have got to be happy with that. The colours are so vivid and dynamic, and your artwork is gorgeous. I think you have just started a trend, and found yourself another niche. I hope find a way to make money from that idea, because it's great. Thank you for sharing it... I am inspired.

PS. I have tackled fondant icing on a few special occasions, so I can appreciate your result. It really is very, very good!
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by shandi on Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:32 am

that is lovely!
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by CABBYJ on Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:50 am

You should visit and post this on the cake decorators forum. There are other "cake" painters out there in the abyss! Very Happy
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by debranewmanart on Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:37 am

pretty!

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Re: Cake Painting

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:31 pm

Kristal that is freakin' awesome! And I speak as a (former) professional baker and cake decorator!! You could easily charge a fortune for that.

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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:46 pm

That's what I was thinking! The cake is lovely & well worth paying for on looks alone! How'd it taste?
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by ParTIA on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:18 pm

This is BEautiFUL! I do cakes too, I prefer buttercream- but have painted on fontant and I just use vanilla as my liquid- it is very similar to painting with watercolors or facepaints too! As for white- I agree! it bugs me that I can't buy white food coloring. If I am doing a dark cake and need a white highlight, I just use buttercream. but it's not the same! Anyway, your cake is fabulously pretty!
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Post by makin faces by synni on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:21 pm

i luv luv luv it! looks so fantastic and i love the fact that the flowers can be painted on instead of heaps of buttercream.
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Post by ChangingFaceDesigns on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:49 pm

Kristal....luvluv luv it. Thank you for you have just given my what I am going to do for my daughters birthday next Sunday

well done Kristal
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Post by Taradoodles on Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:59 pm

ohh yummy and beautiful! what a pair! great job!
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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:21 pm

Fantabulous Kristal your cake looks amazing. I with Shannon & Linda you could make some serious $$$$ with this girl.
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by eva on Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:21 am

Kristal....awesome. Custom cakes are really hot where I am at, and I haven't seen anyone who does something like that. You should post it on your sight for a ton of money and see if anyone bites on another one. Hey hey you could get paid to do more fun painting
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Post by MonsterKat on Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:16 pm

wow, what a great idea!! Beautiful design too Smile
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Post by HappyVickery on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:16 pm

That is gorgous! You could seriously make a fortune! I generally pay between 85-150 for birthday cakes. They are two tiers, but don't look anywhere near that good! If you were near me, you would totally be hired! AWESOME!
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by Rae on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:34 pm

Kristal that is wicked good!! What a fab idea!! --- great way to practise designs for belly paintings too!!! hahaha. ooo ooo you could theme a cake with a belly for baby showers!!!
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by Kristal on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:44 am

Oh my! Thanks for the kind words! (Sorry for the delayed reply - I thought July was supposed to be a slow month! Sheesh. Razz)

It took FOREVER for the icing colours to dry! I made it Friday night and when I brought it out Sunday afternoon for our BBQ, there were still some wet spots...

Trinkie - yes, the first time I've ever used fondant! I was nervous about getting it to lie flat, watched one YouTube video and had totally psyched myself out...so relieved when it turned out!

Cabby - I don't think I'd have time for another forum Razz Even keeping up with this one is hard sometimes!

Thanks Shannon, Linda & Mandi! I really liked painting it - but having to bake a cake (Even from a mix) and cover it with fondant were not things I'm really all that interested in, you know? If I could find and pair up with a baker who wanted a decorator that would be awesome! I would love to charge some serious $$$ to paint. But it took hours to do everything and if I was to do scratch cakes - when I paint, I can see what is good and what needs to be tweaked. When I'm baking, I have no idea how it's going to taste until it's actually eaten. My stuff from scratch (when I actually have time to bake something!) is overall pretty good, but I don't want to take the chance of something bombing in the taste dept Razz

This, being a mix, tasted as promised! French vanilla mix, with an extra dollop of pure vanilla extract from Mexico poured in. Can't fail with a mix, haha. (Well, I guess technically you COULD...)

Tia - not dark vanilla extract though, right?! Didn't think about buttercream as a highlight - hence sticking on a teensy ball of fondant for the dolphin's eye, lol.

Tamara, make sure you post yours!

Eva - maybe it's time to research custom cake prices? Haha. I think that would mean, like I said before, teaming up with a baker...I might try to get through the summer season first Razz

Vickery - oh wow really?! (Though if you think about it, I'm guessing that a 2 tier cake takes longer to make and decorate than the amount of time it would take us to earn that as pro fp's...blows your mind sometimes, doesn't it?!) Take this photo in next time and ask them if they can copy it Razz Then maybe you can post it on Cake Wrecks?!

Shandi, Debra, Synni, Tara, and Kat - Very Happy I love you
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by Kristal on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:44 am

Thanks Rae! Ooh, can you imagine mum getting painted with the same design that's on her shower cake? How cool would that be?!
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by Jody Rife on Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:25 am

I'm a little late but I love your cake!! So pretty, now I want to try one. Smile Oh and can I just say ,Rae, that every time I see your Avatar it really freaks me out!! LOL
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by ParTIA on Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:13 pm

Right, has to be clear vanilla extract. Water is okay too.
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by eireannah on Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:01 am

wow that cake is amazing!
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Post by Taradoodles on Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:32 am

I was inspired and trying out your idea!! I have a baby shower and she wants a belly painting with lil ones to match her guests, but then Im gifting her a cake! My friend is a baker so shes making the cake and Ill paint it.
The complete package!! Im going to be loving all the photos since its all friends. I got to find a perfect design! -gulp-
maybe pumpkins!! its an Oct baby... thank you for sharing!! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours.
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Re: Cake Painting

Post by elantaura on Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:54 pm

I acctually am a qualified sugar artist that was my back gound befor face painting If you want it to not have the glossy look and dry not smudge you have to mix the food colouring with vodka - must be 40% proof. the alchol evaporates from the cake in about 2 hours leaving it cosumer friendly.

This was one I painted in about 1 hour (I acctually was given 7 hours notice to make a cake in the shape of a their house key ice it put a dragon on it and get it to them 1 hours drive away no time for too much detail) the client just wanted a dragon on a Key nothing else. Vs my sons request for a redback spider that I painted while on the on the phone took about 45 min This isn't sellable because the colour never drys properly (bleeds) ignore the eyes I made some but while i was on the phone the kids ate them so had to use marsh mellows-LOL as it was only for him didn't mind


Having said that I mainly do sugar flower stuff the flowers made of icing sugar and bridge work stuff sticking of side of cake i.e all flowers icing sugar below and extentions of the side


Honestly try food colouring and alchol
For white make somthing called sugar paste - google it if you do the alchol method you can then use the patse (white) on top as it won't bleed through.
buttercream has a tendancy to allow the butter to seep through into the fondant and destroy the image -due to the oil/butter in it. why we don't mix the two together unless we can hide the mark (i.e underneath crumb coat). if you have to you can do this at the last minute as you have deepending on humidity about 1 hour before this will happen
see bodice on doll my daugter broke this 1 hour before due time it was a very quick emergency buttercream fix
Hope this helps.
forgot to mention wilton makes packet mixes I dont use them but have tasted them and the mud mix is good. and if your worried about the taste when you level (cut the top bit off) try a bit of the excess. but if you want something easy to cover try pound cakes they hold there shape well.

For fondant drape it over a rolling pin and use other hand on near side if stuggling makes it a little easyer no cracking or tearing or raised finger indents. took me years to figure that out.
Current orders in progress for two different cakes combine for photo (taken on phone camera)


love the cake better than my first attempt, I wish somone would let me paint a cake I always get sugar flower orders, as most people cant do them anymore why people get sent to me. I am trying to get out of cake decorating'due to this I am pigeon hole so cant be creative anymore. to me its like painting spidy over and over for hours on end
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