I am making a wedding cake for a friend next month. We have discussed a square cake with silver frosting (or a soft grey shimmer), navy blue vining painted on the sides, and ice blue gumpaste flowers. I figured I would just brush luster dust on the sides for the silver frosting, but I am not sure how I would paint on the vines without making the luster dust run. I have painted one cake in the past (using gel color thinned with almond extract), but the design was really water color-ish so it didn't matter too much when the paint ran. The picture we were looking at had really crisp clean painting on the sides. Any ideas?
do you have a picture?
I've tried a couple of times to add an attachment, and something keeps going wrong. The photo she liked is on on this website:
It is the fourth cake from the left, in the top row, with 3 tiers turquoise roses, black painted vines and white buttercream.
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AThe cake in the picture is Covered in fondant.
There's a free Craftsy class on hand painting on fondant cakes. I imagine your last project was runny or had a watercolor look b/c your colors were thinned too much.
I'd take some strips of fondant and practice painting & consistency if you want that same look. Also, I use vodka it evaporates quickly-I am just starting to do more hand painting myself I know people use extracts as well but I'm not sure if one evaporates quicker then the other.
APME luster spray dries very quickly. It comes in pearl and silver. I find that a few coats of pearl over white fondant looks slightly silver, while the silver spray is less subtle and much more opaque. If you don't feel comfortable handpainting on your cake, why not try a vine stencil?
AOh I forgot about the shimmer! Yes, the PME Luster would be perfect!
A stencil is an excellent idea, especially if your customer doesn't want fondant.
Thanks for the tips. she wanted buttercream, so the stencil is a good idea. I have never used a luster spray before, I'm imagining it sprays just like a can of spray paint? how would it work if I tinted the frosting light grey and then sprayed over it?
also, how many cans would i need to do a 9" and 7" cake?
AOne can will be enough for a 9" & 7" since you are only going mist it on. However, you might want two coats to get the look you want plus you will want to test it on a small amount of buttercream first to see what looks best, tinted gray frosting or just white. So my suggestion is to get 2 cans. They are small and not cheap... I only use them on special cakes for people I like.ha!
To keep a stencil in place, this works great. You can buy the same stuff at the drug store. Just clip one side of the stencil with bandage strip and wrap around cake , then clip the other side in place. Obviously the buttercream would have to be crusted over pretty good so this wouldnt ruin it.