How Do I Color This Cake Without An Airbrush

Decorating By AKS Updated 5 Sep 2010 , 11:20pm by AKS

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AKS Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 10:54pm
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OK, so I don't have an airbrush-I'm a hobbyist who does cakes for friends and family- and a friend wants a cake in the shape of a bluegill fish. I'm not sure how to do this. I'm using ganache and fondant. Should I color the fondant green first and then add the details or should I just dry brush with luster dusts? Also, is there a way that you can use gels to paint on fondant where it won't come off and color people's teeth? Thanks for your help.

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AKS Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 10:55pm
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Man, my picture didn't load. Let me try again. The bluegill:

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AKS Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 10:57pm
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UGH! here's the link:
http://faculty.bsc.edu/mgibbons/bluegill.jpg

Thanks!
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KJ62798 Posted 24 Aug 2010 , 1:40am
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I would color the fondant to you light/base color and then paint on the details and then highlight w/luster dusts. You can mix gel color with vodka or clear vanilla extract.

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AKS Posted 24 Aug 2010 , 1:45am
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Thanks so much!

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JanetBme Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 3:38am
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You can also mix airbrush color with the pearl dust- then paint it on. That way you could mix say a green with silver luster. Just do the details or edges. Then take a white pearl mixed with vodka thin, and paint over with a larger flat brush- like watercolor- blend it into the rest of the fish body. That way you'd have lighter areas like the belly, but it would be subtle blending.

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AKS Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 9:53pm
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Thanks so much for the hints. They really helped. Here's what the finished product looks like:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1786215

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Echooo3 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 10:12pm
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Wow, that turned out GREAT!

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KJ62798 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 10:14pm
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Very nice.

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AKS Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 6:28pm
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sjc0858 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 12:52am
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Originally Posted by AKS

Thanks so much for the hints. They really helped. Here's what the finished product looks like:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1786215




Looks great! What did you end up using for color? Icing colors?

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sjc0858 Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 12:53am
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Originally Posted by JanetBme

You can also mix airbrush color with the pearl dust- then paint it on. That way you could mix say a green with silver luster. Just do the details or edges. Then take a white pearl mixed with vodka thin, and paint over with a larger flat brush- like watercolor- blend it into the rest of the fish body. That way you'd have lighter areas like the belly, but it would be subtle blending.






I don't know WHY I didn't think of using the airbrush colors this way! Thanks!

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AKS Posted 3 Sep 2010 , 1:05pm
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SJC: I mixed Americolor's avocado and Wilton's Brown and Moss Green. After it cured overnight the base was great. Then I brushed with blue, light green and gold luster dusts. For the stripes I used cocoa powder.

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tesso Posted 4 Sep 2010 , 8:21am
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that cake is adorable !!

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AKS Posted 5 Sep 2010 , 11:20pm
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Thanks, tesso!

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