How TO Draw A Picture On A Cake
It's Easier Than You Think!
After I became a cake decorator, I learned very quickly that the best sellers were the cakes with pictures on them. Especially for children. If you could get a picture of them, or their favorite cartoon character, or singer, or actor, on a cake. they would be absolutely thrilled. Their parents would always come back to me with stories of how much their child loved the cake.
If you could find a cake decorating class at a good price, that would be great. then, they would teach you how you could put a picture on a cake with or without the air-brushing. Or you could make your own homemade cake.
After you bake your cake, make sure you slice off the mound in the middle of the cake where it was rising. Then flip the cake on the cake board so that the bottom side is up. You're going to need that flat bottom. When the cake is cooled, go ahead and ice the cake with butter-cream icing, use lots of icing, and even it out on all sides. Make sure the icing is white, any other color will come through the rice paper. Now for the picture.
You will need:
- Edible Rice Paper
- Paint Brushes
- Plain Gel (made from sugar)
- A Non-Toxic Felt Pen
- Food Coloring
- An Craft Knife
A picture that you would like to trace
All of these items can be found at any cake decorating shop or department store that sell cake decorating supplies. The picture can be found in any magazine or coloring book.
Take your non-toxic felt tip pen and trace your favorite picture on a piece of regular white paper first. the thinner the paper the more you can see what you are tracing. After you have traced your picture, go over the lines to make sure they are dark enough. Then put your edible rice paper over the picture you just traced. Secure the picture with paper clips, you don't want your paper moving around while you are trying to trace it. After you have your picture transferred onto the rice paper, now, you are ready to paint it.
Get a paper plate and put small dabs of gel on it. If you need five colors, then put five dabs of gel on the plate,( it doesn't take much gel.) Use the food colors to color the gel in what ever colors you want. It is best to use a toothpick to get the food coloring out, it really doesn't take a lot of color. Then use your paint brushes to paint you picture.
After you have painted your picture, let it dry for about an hour. gel can get pretty sticky if it's not dry enough. When your picture is dry to your touch. use your craft Knife, or scissors to cut out the picture. Now you can place it on top of your cake. The icing is white and so is the rice paper, so everything should blend in nicely.
Now you can write on the cake, put flowers on it or a nice border. The more cakes you do the better you will get! Practice! Practice! Practice! And have fun!