Painting With Buttercream

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mcginnis Posted 10 Mar 2006 , 3:51pm
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This question goes out to those who have turned their cakes into works of art by making them look like an oil painting.

I have seen a couple of cakes in the gallery by "talmas" who is very talented at doing this.

I don't know how to attach a post to show you all the cakes I'm talking about, but if you do a search for talmas, or painted barn, you should find them.

Anyway, has anybody else every done this? I have painted before on canvas, but I just can't figure out the technique for painting like this on a cake with buttercream!

Do you start with a frosted cake? do you paint on top of fondant with the buttercream? How do you keep the buttercream from sticking to your paintbrush? stuff like that.

So if any of you out there that have done this, would you mind sharing some tips?
These are the most beautiful cakes! icon_biggrin.gif


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briansbaker Posted 10 Mar 2006 , 3:56pm
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Here is something she said when someone asked her about her cakes:
" cover the cake with a base coat of white buttercream. I get some small jars and put different colors of buttercream. I sit down with my paint brushes that I bought for food purposes only and paint like it is a canvas"

Good Luck!

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talmas Posted 10 Mar 2006 , 11:19pm
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Thanks for the compliments. I really enjoyed making those cakes.

What kind of buttercream are you using? I always use this recipe Besides being yummy, it is good consistency for painting. If you want to try a different recipe, it needs to be a thin consistency.

Yes, I put a base coat of buttercream on the cake so I wouldn't have to worry about crumbs.

As you can probably tell, I love making trees. The look really cool after they are done. People describe the look to a relief map because I add buttercream on top of buttercream to get the shading. You have to be very delicate when you get to the details. My paintbrush would barely touch when shading the tree.

If you have any other question, I will answer the best I can. I really have know idea what I am doing. I have never taken any art classes. My husband bought me a paint set for my birthday about 4 years ago and I started watching Bob Ross and Jerry Yarnell on PBS. Bob Ross is amazing. I will never be that good but I do the best I can.

Good luck!

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spottydog Posted 10 Mar 2006 , 11:26pm
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Wow Talmas those are beautiful! I will have to give it a try someday. I would be happy if I could do half the job that you do. Love them! icon_smile.gif

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stephanie214 Posted 11 Mar 2006 , 1:32am
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Your cakes are beautiful thumbs_up.gif

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KHalstead Posted 13 Aug 2007 , 5:51pm
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yes, yes.........absolutely stunning works of art!!!!! An inspiration to cake decorators and painters alike!

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Mchelle Posted 13 Aug 2007 , 7:56pm
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WOW, so beautiful! You all are so creative! thumbs_up.gif

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QueenB4U Posted 13 Aug 2007 , 8:38pm
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Absolutely breathtaking, talmas! I am in awe.

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splash2splat Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 2:55pm
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This is really neat.

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