Leopard Print? How Do I Do It?

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LukeBrambles Posted 27 Sep 2010 , 10:16pm
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A good friend of mine is having her 18th birthday soon, and i'd like to make her cake, but the only problem is I know she really wants a leopard print cake, and i haven't got a clue how i would do this =(
Any help, before the 12th of October would be much appreciated =D

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Herekittykitty Posted 28 Sep 2010 , 1:52am
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I have a stencil that I used as a pattern to cut out fonant then arranged randomly on the cake. You can also paint on BC or fonant but I don't have the talent for that.

Perhaps search the galleries for some leopard print cakes for inspiration and PM the poster, most poeple are more than happy to help and share tips.

I hope someone more knowledgeable sees this in posts, in the mean time HTH and good luck! thumbs_up.gif

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jlynnw Posted 28 Sep 2010 , 2:06am
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do you airbrush? want to use fondant? or pipe it on? There are a variety of ways depending you plans. Please post more info.

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JessDesserts Posted 28 Sep 2010 , 2:09am
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LukeBrambles Posted 28 Sep 2010 , 4:26pm
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I'm only 17 and far too poor to have an Airbrushing machine icon_razz.gif I havent really got a preference for a specific icing type, as I wasn't sure what would be the best one to get the effect from.... I would love to find a stencil or suchlike, only i cant find anywhere based in the UK.... thanks for the other suggestions guys =)

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Ursula40 Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 2:18am
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Get some clear plastic and an exacto knife and make your own stencil. The link above gives you an idea of what to do, or see if you can trouble google with a template for leopard skin. Use a permanent marker on the plastic to draw on the areas you want to cut cut, and go wild with the exacto knife. If you are covering the cake in fondant, mix up some medium stiff to stiff royal icing in the colours you need (from beige to brown) adhere the self made stencil and go over the stencil with a palette knife, varing the brown colours, sort of intermingling them.

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babapeela Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 1:36pm
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I recently made a cake which was a white chocolate leopard-print shoe on a chocolate brown bag with leopard print lining. I would post a pic but I haven't been able to upload anything to CC for a couple of months icon_sad.gif

I hand-painted it straight onto the chocolate and fondant. I'm not an artist and not very good at painting/ drawing but it was much easier than i thought it would be. I started with random brown blobs all over (painted with brown dust colour mixed with clear alcohol), then i went over the edges of each blob with black using a slightly splayed paintbrush so the edges were a little raggedy and imperfect looking. It ended up looking pretty good.

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Nevie Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 1:55pm
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I just made a leopard print cake last week. I used a small leaf cutter to make 1/2 inch- 3/4 inch irregular roundish shapes from fondant. You could also use a circle or cut them by hand. Then I rolled brown (I used chocolate) fondant into a very thin rope and broke off little pieces and placed them along the edge of the roundish shape- just overlapping. Finally, I went over them with a rolling pin. By placing the chocolate fondant in different places and rolling from different directions, I achieved a random pattern. I put them on a fondant cake, so I used a very small touch of water to attach them. If you are putting them on a butter cream cake, piping gel works well. FYI it took 100 spots to make an 8 inch round cake. It helped me to print out a leopard pattern and have it to look at while I was making the spots. If you don't make fondant, Wilton sells a color pack that will work for this project. Good luck, you can do it!

I tried to attach a pic but it didn't work, you can see the cake in my photos.

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LukeBrambles Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 9:35pm
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Thanks, I think I understand and I really do love this site icon_biggrin.gif
This will make her 18th just that extra bit special, so thank you x

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sugarlicious Posted 29 Sep 2010 , 10:04pm
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This is a link I seen awhile ago posted of how to do leopard print which looks really easy http://translate.google.ca/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deleukstetaarten.nl%2Fforum%2F I translated it in google so if it don't go through the link is http://www.deleukstetaarten.nl/forum/ translate in google then go to forums, then Templates Patterns and How To's then go down through till you see Leopard Print hope this will help.

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sweetcakes Posted 30 Sep 2010 , 2:58am
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its not hard, you can do this. Take a look at one of my cakes with the leopard print.

This is how i do it. Ice cake smooth in buttercream, if you dont have an airbrush ice it in an ivory tone fading into white in some areas, take black buttercream with a tip 3, pipe random rough c shapes, heavy in some parts lighter pressure in others. some large some small, then pipe a little brown in the center of the c's. now go back and smooth all that with a paper towel, and your done, this is where i would airbrush the ivory on.

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