Today I’m sharing the beautifully unique (and easy!) technique of decorating cakes with painted fondant appliques. We’ve decorated our cake with sweet and colorful daisies–I love the dimension that they add, the painted look of the fondant, and the pretty contrast against our pink buttercream!
We hope that you enjoy this cake design, which could easily be changed up not only with assorted flower cut-outs but also for any color scheme. Whether you are creating a cake for a birthday or bridal shower, or a gathering of friends, this cake design would be perfect. Have fun with it!
This cake consists of an 8 inch tier and 6 inch tier, frosted with our classic vanilla buttercream tinted with Wilton Rose coloring gel. Each tier is on its own cake cardboard as usual, cut down to size, and there are four bubble tea straw supports beneath the top tier (cut to the height of the bottom tier).
Fondant: We used fondant with a little tylose powder kneaded into it. Our fondant for this project was Satin Ice brand but use whatever you like. We kneaded a bit of tylose powder into the fondant to speed up the dry time and also so that the flowers would dry a bit firmer.
Daisy Cutters- Mine is from a simple Wilton Set of Daisies that I have had for many years but any set of daisies will do! Here are some similar ones that I found- Fondant Daisy Cutters (affiliate link)
Food coloring pen: I’m using a thin Wilton Food Writer Pen in black for the outlining. When outlining a painted flower, make sure that it is completely dry first.
Coloring Gels: Wilton Rose, Americolor Avocado Green, White, Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow, Ivory
Vodka or Everclear for mixing with coloring gel to create a food-safe “paint”
Small paintbrushes (that haven’t been used with actual paint ;0) )
Cake comb- Optional- Mine is from a Wilton Set of plastic cake combs.
Fondant rolling pin
Xacto knife or sharp knife for cutting out fondant leafes
Miscellaneous: small artist palette or plate for mixing colors, small offset spatula, turntable
You’ll want to dry your fondant pieces for several hours or overnight if you’d like for some of the flowers and leaves to extend up and off of the cake slightly as mine did.
Make sure to allow your painted pieces to dry completely before outlining as the wet “paint” can cause the pen to stop working.