By rebecca, Mar 1 2018 04:33PM
I recently learnt how to paint with cacao butter from the lovely Louise Vincent from The Rose On The Cake. She does beautiful floral paintings on cakes and I know she has some classes coming up at The Blue Door Bakery if you’re lucky enough to bag a spot. I’m not going to give away any of her secrets of painting flowers, so you’ll just have to take the class. I’d like to note that I used an image I found on the internet, but Louise will show you how to paint free hand.
I created the painting for an awesome cake collaboration, the 30th anniversary of the cult TV show Red Dwarf. You need to go check out all the other pieces from the collab at Cakes from the Dwarf.
First and foremost, the board I used was covered in sugarpaste in advance. I helped firm up the fondant by putting it in the oven for 15 mins on 50°. If you want to paint on a real cake I suggest you use a sugarpaste that sets hard quickly and leave it overnight.
So, how to use cacao butter; you may have seen, from the video, that I used two different methods to melt my butter. It was nothing to do with the ‘finish’ of the paint or affect the way it painted onto the sugarpaste, I just got lazy. To begin with, I used a cup and saucer with boiling water in the cup, and the cacao butter and edible food colour on the saucer ON TOP of the cup. I got fed up of having to constantly change the water to keep it warm. I then decided to put the saucer on top of a cylinder and a candle. Just make sure the cylinder has holes in it to ensure oxygen gets to the flame.
I found an image online and printed it to the size I wanted, I cut out the shape and used a Dresden tool to ‘draw’ the outline. As I used a dark colour sugarpaste, I painted all elements white first, it is much easier to colour on a white base.
I painted my image to look like the picture I had printed. The best advice I can give is to keep your colour light to begin with and get darker with layers. Also, be careful about where you lay your fist, if you notice some smudges – by the ‘t’ of kitty – it’s because I accidentally brushed it with my hand. If anyone figures out how to remove smudges, I’d be grateful to find out! :D. I very much doubt anyone will be painting the same image as me so it’s quite difficult to give advice on anything else.
Once I was happy with his skin tone, I placed the image over my painting (just make sure it’s completely dry) and used the Dresden tool to mark out the features.
Although very time consuming, it really is quite relaxing. I plan to do a lot more soon.