Share a little about the materials, processes, and techniques used to create this cake Fondant, shortening, gel colors, paint brushes, vodka. What are you most proud of? The coloring turned out pretty well, and I didn't have too many troubles with the side of the cake. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Skinnier brushes are definitely better! I thought mine was thin enough, but it ended up making the borders too fat. Also, be sure to really make sure you buff off your shortening before you transfer, because it can prevent the paint from sticking to the fondant.