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Watercolor Cake

Award winning cake artist, Claudia Oliveira, of Claud Art Sugar, created a sensational step-by-step tutorial of a romantic, watercolor-heart cake. Claudia notes, “The techniques are very versatile, I chose watercolor because it is such a huge trend right now, especially in the cake community, this would make a for a beautiful wedding cake, engagement cake, or even a cake for Valentines.” 

By Cláudia Oliveira
Cláud’ Art Sugar

  • 3 cake dummies 10" 8" 6"
  • Cake boards
  • Bamboo wooden dowels for the structure (If you are using real cake)
  • Releasing agent and surface oil
  • Satin Ice gum paste
  • Large and small fondant rollers
  • Fondant smoothers
  • Metal ball tool
  • Flower leaf shaper tool
  • Petal cutters
  • Sugar flower drying foam
  • Foam sponge pad
  • Wilton icing colors: burgundy, teal, leaf green
  • Pearl white dust color
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painting palette
  • Edible glue
  • Clear alcohol/extract
  • PME Sugarcraft knife
  • Waxed paper
  • Stencil drawing of heart

Let's Get Started:


How to decorate the cake:

To prepare: Crumb coat and cover all three tiers with Satin Ice fondant.

  • Draw or copy the heart shape to a sheet of waxed paper, transfer the drawing to the 10 inch cake using the flower/leaf-shaper tool, and mark the outline of the drawing. This will create a small impression in the fondant underneath.


  • Remove the wax-paper and then prepare the paints. Dilute each gel color, mixing a few drops of gel color with clear alcohol, dip your paintbrush into the teal color and paint randomly on your cake.


  • Repeat the same process with other diluted colors.


  • Continue adding drops of watercolor in different shades until the heart is completely saturated.
  • Roll out your gumpaste with a smaller rolling pin to a medium thickness (1/8 inch), put in your silicone mold and gently press the rolling pin into to your mold to mark the pattern. Let them gumpaste dry and then, to the same 10 inch tier, add small pieces randomly all over your cake. (make sure to avoid the painted heart).


  • Mix a few drops of burgundy color and pearl white dust with clear alcohol and paint the pattern randomly.


  • Mix pearl white dust with clear alcohol and with a fan brush paint the cake all over, except the heart.


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