How Do You Paint Flowers On A Cake? I Have A Customer Who Wants This...

Decorating By countrycakes Updated 1 Oct 2014 , 7:14pm by -K8memphis

countrycakes Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 8:38pm
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painted flowers cake.   This would be awesome for my 16th anniversary of my 29 th birthday this year!!!! Lol.  CB

 

I have a customer who is requesting this cake for her dd's Sweet 16 party in November...how do you paint flowers like this on a cake? it is pretty but looks like a lot of TIME to create...ack! Help and thank you! :)

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-K8memphis Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 8:42pm
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idk looks like marker? at least i could do that with an edible ink marker

countrycakes Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 9:32pm
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All I can find out is that it is 'painted flowers'...and how in the world do you charge for this kind of work? Sheesh.....she may not want it when I have to quote a final price, rofl..... ;)

costumeczar Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 9:49pm
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Use a paintbrush and black airbrush color. Food coloring markers won't give you that dark a black color. That really won't take that long to do as long as you know how to draw. If you don't know how to draw, I don't know.

ypierce82 Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 10:02pm
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Could you maybe use a stamp inked with black color and then darken the areas that you want contrast?

-K8memphis Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 10:07pm
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i don't know -- this is not something i would charge extra for --

 

it's no problem with edible ink markers --

 

MBalaska Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 10:14pm
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my hands and wrist ache just looking at all that pretty painting.

costumeczar Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 10:41pm
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You're not going to get a good black after about 5 minutes with a food coloring marker, it will gum up and be grey. You need to press onto the fondant to get a really dark color with those, and painting it on with a brush would take about half an hour and won't dent the fondant. That's not a big deal, I wouldn't charge extra for it, it's freeform and there's no set pattern to it, so if you make a mistake you can just paint over it and change the design a little.

kakeladi Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 10:57pm
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Be sure to inform the customer that you will do *your own* version of this design.  Don't let them think it will be *EXACT*!  That give you some leeway :)

lunawhisper0013 Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 11:11pm
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ABlack air brush color and a paint brush is how we do it at work.

costumeczar Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 11:27pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi 
 

Be sure to inform the customer that you will do *your own* version of this design.  Don't let them think it will be *EXACT*!  That give you some leeway :)

excellent point!

-K8memphis Posted 21 Sep 2014 , 11:32pm
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op -- if you add some cornstarch to your fondant -- maybe not anybody else in the world but i can do this with edible ink markers on cake and they don't fade -- you can too if you want to -- paint brush is also a great way to go but not the only way --

 

pictured is an upside down chocolate chocolate chip cupcake -- so fresh the chips are still melty and got all over the bottom of the fondant when i picked it up to smooth it so not the best smooth job --  just fondant on fresh cupcake -- that's cinnamon sugar all over the saucer 'cause it spilled off the cupcake  --

 

if you want to try this you will of course need more than one black marker -- maybe three for this small size cake don't dig the tip into the surface use the side of it and for fine lines cut the tip real fine -- and cut it off blunt or stub it out on something to make fat lines --  i haven't done this lately but you can probably dip it into the water color paint as well -- just test it out first -- i can't remember the details on that --

 

but of course you can use brushes 

 

 

 

 

 

key words, chocolate, cinnamon, edible ink markers , cornstarch, yesyoucan

countrycakes Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 12:45am
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:) THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!! You have all helped with this and I do appreciate it a lot. :) Customer is still 'searching' for what they really want...so I have some leeway so far...they also said that they don't want 'all that detail', so that helps. I will be getting a written contract with sketches before I ever take this on. ;)

craftybanana Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 1:17am
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How about something like this? http://www.cakecentral.com/b/tutorial/sketching-sugarveil it might work if they only want a little bit of the design.

mattyeatscakes Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 2:43am
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AK8 i love you, but i don't agree on using a marker either. Tried it but it kept digging into the fondant, i don't get smooth lines and yes, after a while of drawing the markers fade. Having more than 1 black market isn't feasible here where i live because i can only buy the wilton edible marker set for about $10. No individual black marker. So black gel colour mixed with vodka and a couple of paintbrushes is a cheaper and efficient route for me :)

morganchampagne Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 2:47am
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Original message sent by costumeczar

You're not going to get a good black after about 5 minutes with a food coloring marker, it will gum up and be grey. You need to press onto the fondant to get a really dark color with those, and painting it on with a brush would take about half an hour and won't dent the fondant. That's not a big deal, I wouldn't charge extra for it, it's freeform and there's no set pattern to it, so if you make a mistake you can just paint over it and change the design a little.

Original message sent by kakeladi

Be sure to inform the customer that you will do *your own* version of this design.  Don't let them think it will be *EXACT*!  That give you some leeway :)

Yes to both of these.

-K8memphis Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 4:14am
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Amarker can flow like a waterfall if the fondant condenses -- i'm not saying it's the only and best way -- all I said was i could do it in non-fading marker and I was challenged on it -- twice -- I think there's room for lots of ideas --

mattyeatscakes Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 4:53am
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marker can flow like a waterfall if the fondant condenses -- i'm not saying it's the only and best way -- all I said was i could do it in non-fading marker and I was challenged on it -- twice -- I think there's room for lots of ideas --

julia1812 Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 4:58am
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AI just painted fondant with black food coloring gel thinned down with vodka yesterday and had no problem

morganchampagne Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 4:59am
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marker can flow like a waterfall if the fondant condenses -- i'm not saying it's the only and best way -- all I said was i could do it in non-fading marker and I was challenged on it -- twice -- I think there's room for lots of ideas --

OP yes. Precisely. That's what I love about this site. You get like 5 answers to the problem, and you can try them all!

-K8memphis Posted 22 Sep 2014 , 12:22pm
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winniemog Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 8:07pm
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i'm not running for election  ([S]but if nominated[/S]...)

Goodness K8, can you PLEASE run for election, we've got idiots in charge over here in Australia. I bet you'd be elected based on your platform of cake, happiness and kindness for all!

I'd vote for you.....

AZCouture Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 11:29pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 
 

You're not going to get a good black after about 5 minutes with a food coloring marker, it will gum up and be grey. You need to press onto the fondant to get a really dark color with those, and painting it on with a brush would take about half an hour and won't dent the fondant. That's not a big deal, I wouldn't charge extra for it, it's freeform and there's no set pattern to it, so if you make a mistake you can just paint over it and change the design a little.

Yep yep yep!

 

This is with paintbrushes and black gel, the only real way to get consistent super black.

rexygirl Posted 23 Sep 2014 , 11:31pm
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AI remember seeing a cake very similar to this did some research and found the blog of the cake artist who had used "gasp" sharpie!!! I was shocked I can't imagine giving someone a cake with sharpie that they were going to eat, I do remember something in the blog along the lines of the fondant was going to b taken off before serving, but u can't count on that!! I've done the airbrush black coloring with great success!

costumeczar Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 12:03am
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I remember seeing a cake very similar to this did some research and found the blog of the cake artist who had used "gasp" sharpie!!! I was shocked I can't imagine giving someone a cake with sharpie that they were going to eat, I do remember something in the blog along the lines of the fondant was going to b taken off before serving, but u can't count on that!! I've done the airbrush black coloring with great success!

oh ugh

AZCouture Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 12:11am
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I remember that. Very popular decorator too. :oops:

mattyeatscakes Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 1:26am
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AA Sharpie? Really? Wouldn't it give of that distinct permanent marker smell? Golly...

costumeczar Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 1:35am
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Technically sharpies are nontoxic so it wouldn't matter if it was on something that wasn't going to be eaten...Really, people could eat fondant with sharpie on it and it won't matter. But ugh. You could also use crayons too, and it wouldn't kill anyone but the concept is gross.

 

On the other hand, unless you use FDA approved petal dusts like Crystal Colors, you're putting non toxic stuff on your cakes if you dust them. Or for any disco dust users, plastic glitter. Nassssssty.

 

I'm working on a cake now that has line drawings on some gumpaste pieces and I found a pen I can use food coloring in. I could have used a sharpie to make it simple, but yuck.

scrumdiddlycakes Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 5:41am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar 
 

You're not going to get a good black after about 5 minutes with a food coloring marker, it will gum up and be grey. You need to press onto the fondant to get a really dark color with those, and painting it on with a brush would take about half an hour and won't dent the fondant.


I have a set of americolor ones, they are awesome. Go on easy with no pressure needed, and stay a good pure black.

-K8memphis Posted 24 Sep 2014 , 3:07pm
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis 

i'm not running for election  (but if nominated...)

Goodness K8, can you PLEASE run for election, we've got idiots in charge over here in Australia. I bet you'd be elected based on your platform of cake, happiness and kindness for all!

I'd vote for you.....

 

bwoowahahahahaha -- this is my platform --er i mean if i was running which of course i'm not [big eye wink] -- i would propose changing teaspoons of cinnamon and teaspoons of vanilla in all the recipes past present and future to tablespoons!!!  bringing peace love & groovey and flavor far and wide -- plus a pinch of cayenne too --

 

:lol: 

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