I adore how intricate, unique and artistic celebration cakes have become! It seams the skies the limit, more often we are seeing cakes with vision and uniqueness. Hand painted cakes have become a trend over the past couple of years and it seems the trend is here to stay (yeah!).
You can choose from several cake covering mediums, fondant, modeling chocolate, or royal icing (painting on cakes is extremely versatile). Once your cake is covered in your favored medium it is then time to hand paint. The skies the limit when it comes to choosing a theme, pattern for your cake. Hand painted cakes are completely customized to clients taste. Edible painting isn’t limited to cakes, but are perfect for cookies and cupcakes as well!
Petal cakes are another trend that has gained popularity for weddings and special occasions. Petal cakes are similar to fondant frill cakes, the difference is the petal cake has subtle movement and open to resemble a flower. The possibilities are endless, and can be created on cookies to match the cake (awesome wedding favor)!
I decided it would be fun to combine the two with an edible hand painted lilac dome on an ombre petal cake. I must admit I was happy with the results and could not wait to share my method for hand painted petal cake.
Hand Painted Petal Cake:
- Artist brush: flat #8,mini mop., 2/0 script brush, and scruffy scarf
- Mini filbert brush
- Palate or coated paper plate
- Artist basin or large cup
- Mini rolling pin
- Celstick, CC
- Foam pad
- Mini pizza wheel
- Small tea cup or any small cup with a 2×2 base to use as a mini cake turntable
- Small container
- 1-Madeira cake recipe (2-8×2 cakes 12 mini 4×2 mini cakes)
- Food paste
- Delphinium blue, Wilton
- Dusty pink, Sf
- Vine, SKGI
- Gooseberry, SF
- Flower paste, Renshaw
- Cooled boiled water
- Small container cooled boiled water, for attaching petals
A day before you bake your cakes prepare your dome tops.
Once your cakes have cooled cover the cakes with fondant using a wrapped method and allow them to dry for at least 4 hours to overnight.
Have your ombre coloured fondant ready and place in sealed numbered bags.
I achieved the light green colour with 1/2 tooth pick Vine green. Add a mixture of 50/50 paste gradually until you have four variations of the green colour. The light should almost look white and the darkest is your base colour.
After you open the petals quickly place the painted dome in the cake. If you wait there is a 75% chance your petals will crack!
Once your domes have dried and retains their shape it is time to paint. You need to paint your domes prior to adding the petals to the cakes.
Place your artist brushes (with the exception of the scruffy brush) soaked in clean cooled boiled water for about one hour ahead, to keep the food paste from running into the ferrule.
Prepare your palate or coated paper plate.
The Lilac Hand Painted domes for the Petal cake HD with free HD Petal Cake Video 35.5 minutes
The Hand Painted Lilac HD video for domes 15.33 minutes
As mentioned hand painting is versatile; cookies are an awesome canvas:
I would love to see your hand painted petals cakes and post the photos to my FaceBook page.
As always if you have any questions please leave a message.
Thanks for a really great tutorial! I think it was my favorite!
Was the little cake wrapped in marzipan and, was that a fondant disc you painted the flowers on?
Thank you! The little cake wrapped in mocha-cinnamon fondant, but marzipan would work too. And the disc was albert Uster fondant.
What a sweet cake, thank you for sharing!