A friend of mine is interested in this cake, but I'm not too sure how to get this effect. I'm thinking easiest would be to find a stencil.. but wondering if anyone has any suggestions?
I have no advice for you, but that's a lovely cake!
OK. Go with this. Would a stencil really be easier? There is a lot of disconnected negative image there that doesn't lend itself as easily to stenciling.
Freehand. The circles and lines are not perfect which makes them look right. It is all one color. Most of them are a simple starburst to a rough drawn circle. Several are colored in. I would do freehand.
Ditto on the freehand!!! Good luck and remember to have fun !!!!
can you print the picture of the cake, enlarge on copier, cut and use as a template?
The only problem with freehand is that I'm in no way a drawer...however, you are right...it may be the easiest way considering it's mainly uneven circles. Cakegroove..I like that idea, that could work just to give me a starting point.
How would you actually do the design? I've never done anything like this. Is it basically painting on with colouring gels?
Yes it is basically painting with gels or food coloring. You could even cut out various circles from paper to use as a template to trace around. But then I would go over it with the paint brush. In this design, it is the very fact that it isn't exactly round or perfect that makes it work.
To quell your concerns, roll out a piece of fondant and practice a little. You won't have a problem, but you'll find a style that works. Some parts you might want to let dry and go back over later.
It will look beautiful.
If you want to start with perfect circles, I would use various size cookie/biscuit cutters and "stamp" into the side of the cake. Then you can trace your imprint and fill them in however you want.
I'll do a few practice rounds and see how that goes... Thanks so much everyone!
After you finish practicing, post pictures of your progress and different techniques; please.
I ditto cakegroove.
I'd enlarge and then copy the photo and then focus on the pattern, enlarge that where you want it and use a template on the cake with a scribe. Then hand paint them.
Good luck and I would love to see pics, too!
Yes, make a template for sure...what a beautiful cake! I'm sure you'll do a great job!
ditto on the pattern for basic shapes and placements, then go for it and have a ball! Of course we all want updates on how it is going!!
Here is the finished cake... definitely not as good as the original, but I am happy with how it turned out... I can't stress enough how much I am NOT a drawer! So because of that, I'm happy with how it came out. I didn't make it as tall as the original, and I think that did take a bit away from it. I can see this technique being a lot of fun in the future...it's time consuming, but it opens up sooooooo many possibilities! Maybe I'll sign up for an art class...
Thanks again for all the help!
Looks really good. How did you end up doing it? Just paint the color on?
Very nicely done!
Great Job!!!!! I think it turned out very nicely. Save the art lesson money!