Hand Painted Wedding Cakes: A watercolour wedding cake is the perfect way to artistic flair to your wedding cake and you have the added bonus of being able to eat your very own work of art. Hand painted cakes are mesmerising and purely exquisite in their appearance and it’s not unusual for a hand painted cake to draw quite a crowd, so if you are looking for a wedding cake that is a show stopper then read on…
Depending on the effect you desire, the painting can be done in several ways. Edible coloured dusts can be mixed with clear alcohol to form a paint and are used in the same way as watercolours to give a light, delicate effect. Mixing the dusts with cocoa powder gives a much stronger colour, almost like acrylic paints, which can be used over darker fondants. There is also airbrushing which can be used to add gradients of colour or to add more definition/depth. Whilst this all sounds really technical (and it is) a cake designer who is a specialist in hand painted cakes will be able to advise you and guide you on the final cake design depending on the type of design you would like hand painted onto your cake.
Things to think about when considering a hand painted cake:
I don’t like fondant. Is there an alternative?
A crisp sugar paste covered cake is the perfect base for watercolour hand painting. White is obviously the most versatile as all mediums can be used. Cocoa painting is perfect for a darker coloured fondant to obtain a strong colour. But not everyone likes fondant so what are the options. It is possible to paint directly onto chocolate ganache using cocoa butter or for a more abstract look, use coloured white chocolate ganache or even coloured buttercream to create a blended look. Just be aware, unfortunately buttercream is too soft a surface for fine detailed painting.
Finding someone that can achieve the look you want.
Every cake maker has their own particular skill-set so if you want fine detailed hand painting, find a supplier who can create what you want and has a portfolio of work to back this up.
Think about cost
Obviously hand painting, particularly something quite detailed, is very time-consuming. Wedding cakes are priced not only on size but on how long they take to produce. If you are considering your budget, you may then wish to alter the size or detail of the painting to make it less labour intensive and therefore reduce the cost.
Take a look at some of these hand painted wedding cakes by Debbie Gillespie Cake Design to help you on your way with some inspiration .. what design would you have hand painted onto your wedding cake