Cassie Brown: Painting on Cakes with Gel Colours
“I love painting. Not just on cakes, but using all mediums! There are lots of different ways to paint on cakes; there’s cocoa paint, whereby you melt the cocoa butter and add edible food dust, there’s airbrushing, there’s folk art painting, and so on. They’re all great fun to do, but gel paints are very popular and you’ll always have them in your toolbox anyway for colouring your sugar paste. Why not paint with them too?” – Cassie Brown
I did this design freehand, but I’ll also tell you how to trace if you’re not confident in this. I thought that I’d show you a simple design that you can build on if you wish; you don’t need anything else on the cake as the painting says it all!
You Will Need:
- 3 Tier Pre-Iced Cake (stacked)
- Bazooka Pink, Fuchsia, Olive Green, Light Green, Brown and White Gel Colours by Magic Colours
- Plate to Put Your Colours On
- Kitchen Roll
How to Freehand Your Flowers
To start, choose your design. I find cards, wrapping paper and wallpaper a huge help when looking for designs. I chose magnolia flowers as they always look stunning this time of year. This design started as one magnolia flower, then grew from there.
If you’re doing this freehand like me, start by mixing white and pink gel colours together to get a very pale pink colour. Then, using a fine brush, I painted the outline of my flower. Start with the front biggest petal, then work your way backwards to the small petals in the distance. If you’re not happy with one of the petals and maybe you feel you’ve put it in the wrong place, just wash off colour from the brush and then dip it into clean water. Then, wash over the petal you want to remove. If there’s a lot of water, gently wipe with kitchen roll.
How to Trace Your Flowers
If you aren’t confident in your freehanding abilities, trace your design on tracing or parchment paper, then turn the paper over and trace onto a piece of spare paper. Turn the paper back over, place it against the cake. and gently trace around to leave a very thin line.
Once you’re happy with the flower outline, paint a darker pink line from the bottom of the petal to about halfway up the petal. Clean the brush with water and, with water on the brush, brush over the darker pink to create a watercolour effect. Move the brush the same way as the veins in the petal. If you feel there’s too much colour on the outer edge of the petal, clean the colour off the brush and gently brush the petal from the outer edge in towards the centre of the petal. Once I was happy with my first flower, I then sketched out the other flowers using the pale pink gel colour and coloured them in the same way.
Once I was happy with my first flower, I then sketched out the other flowers using the pale pink gel colour and coloured them in the same way.
How to Create the Branches
I then turned my attention to the branches of the tree. Mix a little brown with yellow and green, then add some water to create a pale branch colour. The branches on the magnolia tree this time of year are just developing with lots of new life, and they aren’t perfectly smooth. So, using your brush with an almost shaky hand movement, paint in the branches to link up all your flowers. I then used a mix of brown and green gel colours to paint a pale shadow on the bottom of all the branches. You’ll see that I’ve made little knot-like areas on the branches, then added little fresh green leaves growing out from them. I also add a few pink buds to add interest; they were designed to look like they were beginning to flower.
“I hope you find this as relaxing as I do. I’ve no doubt that whoever gets this beautifully painted cake will be delighted. Happy painting!” – Cassie x