Colorflow Icing Help Please!!!!!

Decorating By sugarxosugar143 Updated 15 Jun 2011 , 2:28pm by TexasSugar

sugarxosugar143 Posted 12 Apr 2010 , 1:13pm
post #1 of 12

my little brother wants me to make him a cake with this picture on top... for his birthday this weekend. the cake will be a 11x15 sheetcake. My question is, i have done colorflow icing peices before but they were ALOT smaller... im wondering if anybody has any tips for me on doing a colorflow piece that large and also, i seem to have problems with the colorflow bleeding once they are put on the cake, idk if the buttercream breaks it down or what, i was wondering if anybody knew any tips on how to stop that from happening...
please help asap, the cake is due this saturday (April 17th 2010) and i want to make this colorflow asap so it has time to dry! thank you!

11 replies
JGMB Posted 12 Apr 2010 , 1:31pm
post #2 of 12

I can't help with doing one that size, but I can help with the other question. Yes, the buttercream will make the colorflow piece start to disintegrate. I found that out the hard way! Someone suggested very gently turning the colorflow piece over, painting the back with white chocolate and allowing it to dry, then placing it on the BC cake.

jerseygirlNga Posted 12 Apr 2010 , 1:52pm
post #3 of 12

I've made a large color flow piece, not quite as large as what you are attempting, and I inserted flat coffee stirrers (Starbucks) so when I pulled the piece off the wax paper, I had a way to insert into the cake.

ddaigle Posted 12 Apr 2010 , 2:05pm
post #4 of 12

Unless you really want to do the colorflow technique...why not use an edible image?

TexasSugar Posted 12 Apr 2010 , 2:33pm
post #5 of 12

The biggest I have done is about an 8in circle. The problem I see with going big is getting it off the backing in one piece.

As far as bleeding, when you are doing dark colors, such as dark outlines you want to let the outlines dry a hour or two before actually filling it in. This will help keep the black from bleeding into the other colors of the piece.

sugarxosugar143 Posted 16 May 2011 , 12:41pm
post #6 of 12

i did end up doing the huge colorflow piece, and after having about 4 heart attacks taking the wax paper off and putting onto the cake, this is how it turned out icon_smile.gif[/url]

JGMB Posted 16 May 2011 , 2:56pm
post #7 of 12

It turned out perfect! I love the vibrant colors -- great job!

cowie Posted 16 May 2011 , 3:09pm
post #8 of 12

Wow! Cake looks GREAT!

sugarxosugar143 Posted 17 May 2011 , 1:22pm
post #9 of 12

Thank you!!! icon_smile.gif

Mama2Mischief Posted 15 Jun 2011 , 3:50am
post #10 of 12

OK, so I just found this thread. How in the world did you manage to get such a large piece off the paper and onto the cake? I've tried small ones and had them crumble to bits almost instantly!

Cakepro Posted 15 Jun 2011 , 4:40am
post #11 of 12

If your color flow pieces crumble, you've done something wrong. Color flow can be really strong if you pipe your lines correctly, have the correct consistency of icing, and puddle up your pieces well. Also, you always pull the paper out from under the bottom of the piece, never pull the piece itself.

I always use 1.5x the amount of meringue powder in the batch of royal icing when doing color flow for extra strength.

TexasSugar Posted 15 Jun 2011 , 2:28pm
post #12 of 12

I'm with CakePro, it shouldn't crumble. Where the lines completely piped in, connecting? How thick was the fill in? Did you fill in the sections completely? How long did you let them dry?

I like doing mine on plastic page protectors. They pop right off of them. icon_smile.gif

Quote by @%username% on %date%