Describe the cake, details and techniques:
The cake is entirely hand painted with soft gel paste and a touch of vodka. Vodka is preferred as dries faster when mixed with the colors.
I used Satin Ice fondant to cover the cake and let it dry for a couple of hours. Dried fondant will better resist the moisture that comes from the soft gel paste and the vodka.
For this cake I used a light gray fondant base to obtain a little bit darker background than just plain white. I selected brushes with a thin and thick brush fibers. To ensure you get the desire results you must work really fast. Before commencing painting, I arranged the selected colors on a plate. White is a must go color.
Next, the brush is soaked on a thick layer of paint. I then quickly soaked it in vodka. Next I gave the first brushstrokes in the whole cake with the same color, always adding Vodka and color in each brushstroke. To change color, we replace the brush. More or less vodka must be added depending on the moisture in the area we are going to paint.
The fondant is getting wetted with the paint and vodka. The color effects are achieved on wet fondant. Once I achieved the background color I wanted, I started with thick brushstrokes of white paint on the colored strokes. The result is that the colors look cracked and produce the effects as seen in the cake. At first the results were not very nice, but little by little I was improving the technique and understanding how the colors, the Vodka and the fondant behaved. This way I was gaining more control over this technique.
What is the inspiration for this winning cake?
What inspired me was achieving an “old wall looking” style. I wanted to develop a technique that helped me to create texture in cakes such creating the image of a wall with cracks and a rusted color.
How much time did you spend creating this cake?
Once the cake was covered with the ganache, I took me two days. I started covering the cake with the fondant and added the first paint coating in white and background color. The second day, I finished with the painting details and added the flowers.
I must admit that one of the challenges I found with this cake was to know when to stop painting, because the results are somehow unexpected and you always would want to add something, that little more.
What do you do while you work?
I love to work with chill out or house music to create an inspiring ambient. This helps my concentration in designing my cakes and enjoy my work at the same time.
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