kellyd01 Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 3:15pm
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I need to do a cake in 2 weeks and the fondant is supposed to be a two toned effect where the bottom is darker blue and fades up the side of the cake to a lighter blue.

Any suggestions for accomplishing this w/o an airbrush? I considered the color mist spray but have read that it doesn't come out evenly. If it glops up the cake I'm in a real bind. Any suggestions for making this work?

Thanks!

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abchambers Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 3:41pm
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Sorry I can't help you with recommendations, but I can tell you that I had absolutely bad luck with the mists, especially on fondant. It didn't spray evenly, you don't get as much control as I imagine you do with airbrush, and it ran off the fondant (didn't quite "stick on" like it should). I highly recommend something else!

kellyd01 Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 3:59pm
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Thanks for that! That's exactly what I was afraid of and didn't want to waste $8 on 2 cans of spray!

I'm wondering about painting on a darker color... if that's the best option?

cakeyouverymuch Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 4:02pm
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IF you do decide to try the color mist (I'd practice first) be advised that if you use shortening to roll out your fondant the color will bead if there is too much shortening on the surface of your fondant.

BakingIrene Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 4:08pm
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These shaded cakes are usually done with buttercream. You pipe with a flower tip or spread the tones with a narrow spatula, then you smooth out the surface again and that "blends" the tones better.

Rounded top edge? sure with crusting buttercream, smoothed over with paper after it crusts.

kellyd01 Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 7:19pm
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LOL I never even considered doing straight up buttercream! Oi! How's that for making this more difficult than it needs to be! That's an idea! I'll run that by them. This is a cake i'm doing for friends so I have more leeway than if it was a customer I'd already squared everything away with.

Thanks!

Lynne3 Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 8:23pm
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You can either airbrush, or use colored powdered dust.
My preference is for the powdered colored dust

It works well and doesn't fade.

Try a piece to see how you like it.

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