Cassie Brown’s Metallic Brick Effect Cake
“I’ve been messing around with edible metallic colour by Magic Colours and I must say that I’m very impressed! I used a flat brush and an iced board; I was just doodling, but I noticed that if you put one side of the brush in gold and the other side in bronze and then paint, it looks like little metallic bricks. I’d planned to cover the cake with this effect, but I didn’t like it so I used a really big brush to colour the bottom tier. I loved the way the metallic colour moved over the icing – it’s very therapeutic. You should give it a go!” – Cassie Brown
Please note: I only use edible colours on my cakes, so please be careful what you buy. A lot of the metallic colours that are being sold for cake decorating are NOT actually edible.
To Decorate the Tiers, You Will Need:
- 2 Tier Plain Iced Cake
- Flat Brush
- Gold and Bronze Metallic Food Colour by Magic Colour
- Tea Plate
- Very Large Paintbrush
Decorating the Top Tier:
- Using a flat paintbrush, dip half of the end of the brush into the gold food colour then turn the brush over and dip the other half of the brush into the bronze colour. Practise on a piece of paper first. Brush the colour across to create a brick effect.
- You can paint several bricks with the paint on the brush, then you’ll need to reload your brush with paint. If the bricks look a little faint, you can brush over them, but make sure you hold the brush the same way. I put the bronze colour to the bottom of my brick as I thought this looked the best. I covered the whole of the top tier with this technique.
Decorating the Bottom Tier:
- I used a larger paintbrush and started with the bronze colour. Brush this all around the bottom of the cake to just under halfway, add the gold to the top half of the cake using the big brush, then glide the brush over the paint until you’re happy with its look.
To Make the Roses, You Will Need:
- Set of Rose Cutters (you’ll only need the 3 largest) by Squires Kitchen
- Large Tea Rose Veiner by Squires Kitchen
- Non-Stick Board
- Small Rolling Pin
- Flower and Modelling Paste (coloured burgundy)
- Airbrush and Compressor
- Gold Airbrush Colour
- Cornflour (to stop sticking)
- 20 Gauge Wire
- Celpad Modelling Pad
- Trex Vegetable Fat
- Ball Tool
- Water Brush
To Make the Roses:
- Take the 20# wire and bend a hook in the end, then make a cone shape from the flower paste. Push the hooked wire into the larger end of the cone and leave to dry overnight.
- Here, I added a little bit of Trex to my fingers and then started to knead the flower paste. Afterwards, roll the paste out as thin as you can; you should be able to see through your paste. Then, cut out about 5 small petals using the rose cutters.
- Brush some cornflour onto the large rose veiner and place the cut-out rose petal onto the bottom veiner. Put the top veiner on top of that and press firmly. Place the petal onto the Celpad and, using a ball tool, place half on the petal and half on the Celpad. Press down gently around the petal – this will thin the edge of the petal and give it more movement. You need to do this with all the petals you create.
- Brush water all over the first petal and wrap it around the dried cone shape, then repeat with the second petal. I only painted a V-shape of water around the bottom edge of the petal, wrapped it around the first petal, and then kept building this up with the first petals. Roll out more flower paste and cut out five of the medium petals. Repeat the veining and balling, then place around the rose. Repeat with the larger petals, but make sure you leave gaps around the rose so that it looks like it’s opening. Leave to dry.
Spraying the Roses:
- Put some gold airbrush colour into the colour well of the airbrush. Holding the rose in one hand and the airbrush in the other, gently start to spray to rose whilst moving both hands in circular motions. As you spray the gold onto the burgundy rose, it’ll start to turn a lovely bronze colour. This makes me think of all the lovely shades of gold you can create by changing the base colour.
- Take a ball of white sugarpaste and place it on the top of the cake in the centre. When the roses are dry, push the wire into the ball of paste.
- To finish the cake, put some simple ribbon around the bottom tier just to cover up the join and make it look neater. Then, stand back and admire!
“You could put the bricks on a slant instead of straight like I have, or change the tiers around so you have bricks on the bottom and paint on the top tier. You could also create the brick effect on just a few layers, so it looks like a ribbon! Let your imagination go and have fun with this. It’s fab!” – Cassie x