Is There And Easy Way (Shortcut) To Colorflow

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Cakemaster26 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 2:38am
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Hi I'm going to be doing my sister's baby shower cake; however, she wants to have a butterfly theme. I would like to know if there and ready made icing (colorflow) that I can use for butterflies and baby shower items for the cak.

Any help would be appriecated.

Thank you

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DianeLM Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 3:03am
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Since colorflow (Wilton) is just royal icing on steroids, it's best if made fresh. Rebeaten colorflow or royal icing will not yield good results. If you don't want to mix up your own royal/colorflow, you can use melted chocolate/candy melts to make your butterflies.

becca0926 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 8:09am
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If you look at my pics.. you will see most of my cakes are color flow... The best way to decorate a cake I think.. Any questions you have about the procedure....just let me know.. I just reread you question and I personally think fresh is best.... Colorflow last a few weeks and I think the artist in me would not want a piece done by someone else.. If i can help you do a fantastic piece for you shower... just let me know..

CakeMommy3 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 2:22pm
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becca0926- do you pipe the colorflow directly onto your buttercream cake? I have heard you can do that, but I've always been to chicken to try..

playingwithsugar Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 2:31pm
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To answer your original question, no, there is no ready-made color flow, only the mix that you can buy from Wilton.

If you want to do something that sets quickly, you can instead try chocolate transfers. Same concept, different medium, and is ready to use as soon as it cools.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

KonfectionKonnection Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 2:36pm
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becca0926--Your color flow pieces are very nice! thumbs_up.gif I've used it for smaller pieces, but didn't realize it was strong enough for larger pieces. Love your Raggedy Ann and Dr. Suess cakes, oh, and Pooh, of course! You've given me some more ideas, as I've been nervous about trying FBCTs just yet . . . .

CakeMommy--I don't know if you can do color flow directly on the cake or not, but would have to agree that fresher probably works better. It's fairly easy to make, though. If you don't have the color flow mix, if your butterflies are smaller, you could try using royal icing instead. It works in a pinch.

sarah0418 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 2:39pm
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I too am going to suggest chocolate transfers. I just tried them for the first time on my Wall-e cake. I think they turned out really nice and they were VERY easy to make. There are a few forums here on "how-to". Plus, I think if you are doing a butterfly theme, black-tinted chocolate will look great with some bright colors.

2txmedics Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 4:07pm
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I dont know if this will help, but someone on this site did butterflies out of GEL...and they looked awesome, Im sure you can type in for a search...just an idea....Im interested to know also.

Cakemaster26 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by becca0926

If you look at my pics.. you will see most of my cakes are color flow... The best way to decorate a cake I think.. Any questions you have about the procedure....just let me know.. I just reread you question and I personally think fresh is best.... Colorflow last a few weeks and I think the artist in me would not want a piece done by someone else.. If i can help you do a fantastic piece for you shower... just let me know..





Thanks you becca0926 I will diffently get back to you with those questions. I will be talking to my sister about the theme (butterflies) and the cake in more detail.

One thought on the cake is to make an oval or rectangle cake and decorate it like a baby bassinet. by using royal icing (haven't done that in quite a while) to a basketweave aroung the cake. and adding butterflies on the sides of the cake. (colors she has requested are: pink, purple, and blue) thinking all pastel. i

If you have any other ideas on this I would love to hear of them.


thank you

tracey1970 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 5:53pm
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I've done a fair bit of colour flow too, and I tend to use fresh made stuff. However, I have used it after a few weeks of sitting in a covered, airtight bowl to make some pieces, just to get rid of it without throwing it out. It worked fine.

Cakemaster26 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 7:13pm
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Originally Posted by tracey1970

I've done a fair bit of colour flow too, and I tend to use fresh made stuff. However, I have used it after a few weeks of sitting in a covered, airtight bowl to make some pieces, just to get rid of it without throwing it out. It worked fine.




Is the best way to do butterflies looking more realistic?

Thanks for you help

kakeladi2 Posted 11 Apr 2009 , 10:18pm
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........no ready-made color flow, only the mix that you can buy from Wilton........

Actually what Wilton calls "ColorFlo" mix is nothing more than pure dried egg whites - with nothing added icon_smile.gif
Meringue powder is dried egg whites, sugar(s) and other additives.

becca0926 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 4:14am
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[quote="KonfectionKonnection"]becca0926--Your color flow pieces are very nice! thumbs_up.gif I've used it for smaller pieces, but didn't realize it was strong enough for larger pieces. Love your Raggedy Ann and Dr. Suess cakes, oh, and Pooh, of course! You've given me some more ideas, as I've been nervous about trying FBCTs just yet . . . .

Thanks... I trully love color flow.. I took Wiltons course II which showed how to do it. I have perfected my ability over the past two years. I amaze myself many times.. ( Dr. Suess and Rageddy Ann ).. Just to name a few. Color flow can get you in trouble (COPYRIGHT)...HINT...HINT... Thanks so much for the compliments.. Anyone who needs more specific instructions... just Message me..

becca0926 Posted 15 Apr 2009 , 4:31am
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To answer your question about butterflies... I did a Winnie the pooh cake that called for butterflies all over the cake.. My suggestion is do the wings (whatever size or color) in color flow.. Very Easy.. Then do the middle of the butterfly in buttercream and attach the wings the night before.. I am gonna check my pics and see if that cake is there..

Cakemaster26 Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 12:32am
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Originally Posted by becca0926

To answer your question about butterflies... I did a Winnie the pooh cake that called for butterflies all over the cake.. My suggestion is do the wings (whatever size or color) in color flow.. Very Easy.. Then do the middle of the butterfly in buttercream and attach the wings the night before.. I am gonna check my pics and see if that cake is there..




I am going to try the color flow soon for practice. I have never done it before. Is there a good recipe for it? Any suggestions about mixing it?

Thanks icon_biggrin.gif

bobwonderbuns Posted 16 Apr 2009 , 1:39am
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Originally Posted by kriss

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Originally Posted by becca0926

To answer your question about butterflies... I did a Winnie the pooh cake that called for butterflies all over the cake.. My suggestion is do the wings (whatever size or color) in color flow.. Very Easy.. Then do the middle of the butterfly in buttercream and attach the wings the night before.. I am gonna check my pics and see if that cake is there..



I am going to try the color flow soon for practice. I have never done it before. Is there a good recipe for it? Any suggestions about mixing it?

Thanks icon_biggrin.gif


You can use the Wilton Colorflo mix or you can use a royal icing from a mix -- I believe CK has a royal icing/pictureflo mix (same thing as Wilton's Colorflo). I use the Wilton stuff because it's available easily where I'm at. Mix according to package directions and make sure your bowl and paddle of the mixer are GREASE FREE. This is VERY important. Then I dump in water by the tablespoon until it runs flat by the count of 10. Then pipe to your heart's content. If you look in my pix I have a gold monogram that I did like that out of colorflow, let it dry then gilded.

As for butterfly wings, do you have access to Peggy Porschen's "Pretty Party Cakes" book? She does some gorgeous colorflow butterflies in there. She includes templates in the back as well. Hope that helps some!! icon_biggrin.gif

Cakemaster26 Posted 17 Apr 2009 , 12:40am
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Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

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Originally Posted by kriss

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Originally Posted by becca0926

To answer your question about butterflies... I did a Winnie the pooh cake that called for butterflies all over the cake.. My suggestion is do the wings (whatever size or color) in color flow.. Very Easy.. Then do the middle of the butterfly in buttercream and attach the wings the night before.. I am gonna check my pics and see if that cake is there..



I am going to try the color flow soon for practice. I have never done it before. Is there a good recipe for it? Any suggestions about mixing it?

Thanks icon_biggrin.gif

You can use the Wilton Colorflo mix or you can use a royal icing from a mix -- I believe CK has a royal icing/pictureflo mix (same thing as Wilton's Colorflo). I use the Wilton stuff because it's available easily where I'm at. Mix according to package directions and make sure your bowl and paddle of the mixer are GREASE FREE. This is VERY important. Then I dump in water by the tablespoon until it runs flat by the count of 10. Then pipe to your heart's content. If you look in my pix I have a gold monogram that I did like that out of colorflow, let it dry then gilded.

As for butterfly wings, do you have access to Peggy Porschen's "Pretty Party Cakes" book? She does some gorgeous colorflow butterflies in there. She includes templates in the back as well. Hope that helps some!! icon_biggrin.gif






Thanks I may try the royal icing. I'm going to practice run before I need to do it for my sisters baby shower.

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