2013 came and flew by very fast for me. We are already in 2014 now. I started 2013 with a lot of cake ideas and new cake decorating classes hence, I needed a bigger kitchen. However, my kitchen renovation took longer than expected and I couldn’t execute many of my ideas and plans.
I am thankful for the many friends who continued to support me with your orders and enabled me to try out new techniques despite my predicament then. Let’s have a look at some of the new cake decorating techniques I tried last year.
First of all, the use of airbrush. I bought my airbrush some years ago after being wowed by the many amazing and beautiful creations of other cake decorators with the use of an airbrush.
I made this simple half ball cake for my friend, Mei Lin’s birthday. The cake was covered with white fondant and airbrushed with Americolor warm brown. I found using airbrush to be a quicker method to achieve dark brown than to have to add color to white fondant. Well, of course you can also use chocolate fondant but I prefer this airbrush colour.
This triathlon themed cake was also decorated using airbrush color. I cut out a template of the athletes and attached it to my white fondant cake and airbrush it with Americolor blue sheen.
I also tried using pastillage for the first time on this triathlon cake. The cake topper, a replica of a triathlon trophy I found online, was made using pastillage and later airbrushed with gold. Pastillage dries really fast compared to gumpaste and stays dry even if it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
Having fallen in love with pastillage, I used it again to make Hello Kitty and later painted the details of Hello Kitty. The figure “4” and backing for the rainbow was also made with pastillage. Pastillage does have its disadvantage though. Once dry, it has a rough surface and needs to be handled with tender loving care 🙂
In 2013, I also had the opportunity to learn how to sculpt a unicorn cake from Margie Carter of Margie Carter Cake World. Another skill that I acquired was to paint on cakes using folk art method of painting with Zahir Yusof of Creative Cottage.
Now that I have fully settled down in my home sweet home, I plan to bake more and write more about my cake adventures 🙂