Leopard/cheetah Spots

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Prettyinpinkparties Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 5:49pm
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I want to do a cake with leopard/cheetah spots on fondant. If I paint them on how and what do I use to do that. I've seen the gallary some really cute ones that say the painted on the spots so not sure what to use to do that.



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akgirl10 Posted 21 Feb 2009 , 11:19pm
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You can use an airbrush if you have one. I tried my new airbrush for the first time with leopard spots, fun!

Or you can use gel color diluted with a tiny amount of alcohol and paint them on. I would color your fondant the base color, then add the middle spot, then go back and paint the outside of the spot. Look for a pattern online you like and copy it.

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j-pal Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 12:50am
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You can paint them on, or you can pipe them on. I've actually done a combination, by piping the black and then going back with my airbrush and piping the brownish/orange color in it.

Just a quick fun fact I just learned last week... a cheetah has spots... a leopard has rosettes.

If you look at a leopard's rosettes, they're really a series of smaller dots around a darker brown area. I'll see if I can attach a 2nd photo of an actual leopard pattern.

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Prettyinpinkparties Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 6:08pm
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Thanks for the help. I don't have an air brush so I will have to paint them on. When you say Gel color do you mean piping gel colored? I'm pretty new to all of this. If I decide to do use buttercream on the cake instead of fondant how do I do spots on it?

Thanks for your help.

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KathysCC Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 6:23pm
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I did a leopard/cheetah spot purse that I have not yet put in my photos here but I will post it here for you to see. Since I don't have any liquor in my house, I mixed some Wilton icing color with clear vanilla extract and painted the spots on the fondant. I would estimate that I used 1/2 tsp clear vanilla to 1/8 or more tsp of Wilton coloring.

Something I noticed was that it took a day for it to dry thoroughly and the wet look to go away but the spots looked good even when wet.

Roll out a small piece of fondant and test paint some spots before you do the real cake. You can change the amount of clear vanilla to get the shade you want.

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Prettyinpinkparties Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 6:27pm
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Very cute. Thanks for showing me. I did try that but didn't dilute it with anything, so yes it was very wet and sticky for a few days. I will try it with the vanilla.

I am going to make the bottom cake a round and then make a small purse to put on top of it. Both doing for the first time. It's only for my daughters birthday so if it doesn't come out perfect I don't think she will care. She is excited to try to help me icon_eek.gif . Not sure if I need the help of a 6 yr. old.


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Susie53 Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 6:40pm
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KathysCC...your leopard/cheetah purse is beautiful! thumbs_up.gif

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Kiddiekakes Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 6:43pm
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Akgirl10 means dliuting with water a bit of Amercolor gel coloring or some wilton coloring.Watery enough to piant with but not runny.If you want to do the effect on buttercream just pipe large uneven spots like a leopard pattern on the cake and go around it after and fill in the black edging.That is what I did with my Safari cake I did..Turned out cute!!

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