Hand painted chinese motifs

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Dummy cake, fondant, Wilton gel colors, paint brushes, vodka, chinese design motifs What are you most proud of? First I didn't have any white color, so I had to work with only water and vodka. It worked better than expected. I was able to finish to top part of the cake with white color. I'm really happy how the cake turned out, especially since this was my first time painting on a cake! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Do get the correct materials for the painting. Be careful not to put too much shortening on the cake, as the fat will act as a repellent to the colors.

What you will need

  • Dummy cake
  • fondant
  • Wilton gel colors
  • paint brushes
  • vodka
  • chinese design motifs

Q&A with Minh Cakes

tams asked:
So pretty and clean.
Minh Cakes answered:
Thanks! My secret: Get the smallest brush possible... and arm yourself with patience :)
Pdgrovebaskets asked:
I can't believe this is your first time painting on a cake; this is AMAZING! Are you naturally artistic? Would you be able to paint something like this before this before the cake class? I guess I'm just trying to understand how much of this beautiful work is your skill and how much the class contributed to you being able to do this. I also want to thank you for doing such a great job in explaining your design and work. So many people who post work on here don't take the time to tell anything about their cakes and we're left to decipher how it was done on our own. Best of luck on your future endeavors.
Minh Cakes answered:
Thank you so much for your nice words! I can only say that I love working with given patterns. Following Erin's class, I transferred the chinese motifs out of my book onto the cake, using the parchment paper / shortening / pencil method. Then the outlines were easy to follow with my paintbrush. You do need a very fine paintbrush and a lot of patience. Erin shows in her class how she follow the outline of her pattern at least four times. That's how many times you have to do it in order for the cake to look as nice. So a lot of patience is needed above all. My patterns were black and white, so I invented the coloring myself. I have always loved coloring in, so maybe you could say I'm naturally artistic! I guess I'd have been able to paint like this before with regular paints on paper, but I just changed the canvas. I can assure you that painting on fondant is a lot of fun, especially knowing that everything will be edible. I wholeheartedly encourage you to give it a try! Start on a dummy cake, then you can take all the time you want with it! Best of luck to you and happy caking :)
I'm sooo impressed, I hope one day i'll be able to be a fraction as good as you are....
Minh Cakes answered:
Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm humbled. Practice makes perfect, just keep caking and most importantly, have fun doing it! :)

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