MINI TUTORIAL-Sponging color on cake

 

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Sponging color techniques on fondant

 

Hello……..

Today I am sharing a simple sponge color technique with you.

What’s exciting about coloring fondant with a sponge is the varied effects you can create just by playing with the intensity of your paint.

I used edible gel color diluted with some alcohol/clear extract to make a liquid paint.

Yoo hoo !! I salvaged a sponge tool from my art kit and used it to create this drip effect on the fondant cake canvas.

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Three ways to color a cake with a sponge:

1.Dip your sponge in liberal edible liquid color and dab all across your cake, from top to the sides.Let the paint drip off slowly, leave to dry overnight.You will get a plain color sheeted on your fondant cake the next day.Once dry, it will look like you have airbrushed your cake.

2.Dip your sponge into edible color and squeeze out just once gently on a tissue paper.Use this to dab all over the top of your cake.Keep taking more color as you go along.Dab the sponge on the upper part of  the sides of your cake too.This will give a nice dripped/striped effect all over the cake.Stop when  you get the desired effect and let your cake dry under a fan, this lets the painted impression seal onto the fondant cake.

3.Dip your sponge in the edible paint and squeeze out the excess color by pressing repeatedly on a tissue paper.The color on the sponge will be fairly dry.Dab the sponge lightly at scant intervals on the fondant cake.You will get pretty round or shaped sponge marks all over the cake.You can make these impressions in a whole array of colors to give your cake canvas a trendy rainbow look!

Different effects are created with edible paint by varying its color strength in your sponge.

 

Go ahead……play with edible color!

It’s thrilling fun !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAKE DESIGN part 2 @ the DARING KITCHEN

Hello ! here is my cake design 2, conceptualised for the daring kitchen challengeJanuary 2016.

This cake design makes use of Gum paste and explains a cake decorating technique using it.

THE BLACK AND WHITE

The above cake is quite special to me as it uses a simple technique which I created while fiddling with gum paste strips. I call this the “FLIP FIX”technique.A strip, each of black and white Gum paste are attached one atop the other to create a two sided effect. White fondant cake was the canvas for this technique. The two sided strips were fixed to the side of the cake and their edges were rolled in. A paneling of alternating color strips was done.

You could attach the two sided Gum paste strips by twisting, curling or folding them. The idea is to show the two toned sides of the Gum paste strips effectively in your cake design.

I enhanced the cake with a grey Gum paste fantasy flower and filled the blankness on the top with thin strips of black Gum paste. Finally this cake was set atop a small silver cake dummy to give it a striking visual appeal.

 

TECHNIQUE WITH GUM PASTE

 FANTASY FLOWER

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Roll Gum paste out thinly on a silicone or plastic mat. Using flower cutters cut two flowers, one small and the other big.

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PhotoGrid_1449582821740Next, place the flower on the work mat and vein each petal with a veining tool. Tuck the flower in a flower former or a foil cup and leave to dry in a cool place for a day.

PhotoGrid_1449582879112Ruffle and vein the smaller flower. Leave it to dry in a former. With black Gum paste make the flower centre. I used a silicone button mold, but you can craft a centre by flattening a pea sized ball of Gum paste and indenting little dots on it with a toothpick.

PhotoGrid_1449582954624After the flowers dry out, they will hold shape. Place the smaller flower inside the larger flower, attaching it with a touch of edible glue. Fix the centre button inside the small flower .

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 I highlighted the flower centre and petal edges with silver luster dust paint.

 

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Finale ! easy Gum paste flower tops the two toned cake