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The Art of Painted Cakes

with Kate Sullivan
The Art of Painted Cakes
Elevate your decorating with in-demand hand-painting techniques, and create cakes that are truly works of art.

With three illustrative projects, cake designer Kate Sullivan guides you through her favorite design-transfer and hand-painting techniques. Learn to emboss, over-pipe and paint cakes for a striking combination of color and depth. Blur the line between painting and sculpture with multi-dimensional sugarwork. Paint any pattern you desire using the pencil design-transfer technique. Plus, create a vibrant fusion of colors with the wet-in-wet, tie-dye painting method. You'll even learn to tailor your results using different styles and metallic pigments. Trends come and go, but cake art is forever. Hand paint coveted cakes with rich color and imagery using accessible techniques.

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Lesson 1. Cake-Painting Possibilities

  • Meet your instructor, Kate Sullivan, owner of the New York studio Cake Power. Find your design inspiration, gather your tools and get ready to make three unique cakes.


Lesson 2. Embossing: The Royal Icing Stamp


Lesson 3. Painting the Koi Cake


Lesson 4. The Cascading Circles Cake


Lesson 5. The Tie-Dye Cake

"I loved this class. Not only does Kate put you at ease and tell you "you can do this," her tips and words of wisdom make it possible to achieve professional results. How impressive my next cake is going to be now that I know how to tie-dye a cake! Who knew it would be so easy to make a stencil with my favorite pattern? Kate knew and she showed me how to do it ... easily! Highly recommend and can't wait to take another one with this awesome teacher!"
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