If you’ve found yourself here, you are probably looking for tips on painting cakes! You’ve come to the right place.
I received so many questions and requests for details about the cake painting at my daughter’s Princess Tea Party that I decided to do a post here to help everyone interested in cake painting. I’m not a pro, but I will tell you what worked and didn’t work for our party.
First, let’s chat about what did not work.
I knew I wanted to have the girls paint little cakes at the party, but I wanted to practice beforehand to ensure it all went smoothly since we were dealing with 4 and 5 year olds. I grabbed an inexpensive little cake from the grocery store and diluted food gel colors with vodka (you can use lemon juice). The vodka evaporates so not to worry about kids, except that it was a disaster. The gel colors separated and left little dark bits and the kids brushes I grabbed at the craft store left bristles all over the cake. THANK goodness I practiced. Don’t make my mistakes!
Here’s what worked:
If painting on buttercream, like we did, you must have your cakes cold. Keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to paint. You don’t want the frosting to be soft when you spread paint on it with a brush. It will lift up the frosting and make a bit of a mess. So be sure your cake is COLD. If you’re painting cookies frosted with buttercream, same thing. Cold!
Cake Painting Tools
“Edible Art” is the holy grail of food paint. You don’t have to mix it with anything else. It’s ready to go, just needs a lot of shaking right before you squeeze it out. The bottles are small but a little goes along way. I only needed one bottle of each color to fill 7 little palettes for the party.
It’s also 100% FDA -approved, food safe. They’re also gluten, dairy, soy and peanut free! You can also use these paints on
- Buttercream (not swiss meringue as it doesn’t take the paint well)
- sugar cookies
- ganache and modeling chocolate
I just poured them into mini artist palettes, similar to these.
I bought a few packs of these food-safe art brushes. They worked like a charm. No bristles came off!
I love the look of sponging on cakes so I bought these mini sponges for the little ones.
Then the girls went to town painting and sponging their cakes!
I love the cake painting idea, and think it would be so cute for not only birthday parties for little ones but also holiday occasions, craft nights with your girlfriends, you name it! It’s so easy. Plus, the paint does go a long way, I still have half a tube left of every color I used for the party.
The paint dries rub-free so you can gently touch it if you need to transport a cake. It won’t rub off!
If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them! To see more from the Princess Tea Party, click here!