DIY: Cake Decorating with Color Flow

Saturday, May 08, 2010 Aimee Larsen 1 Comments

This is a new medium for me when it comes to cake decorating.  I knew about this method and I had an idea.

I was planning on decorating cupcakes for a Pirate Party we were hosting.  My pirates needed hats and this is pretty darn close to what I had envisioned. 

When I started I didn't realize I was supposed to do this at least 48 hours in advance so please keep that in mind when planning a cake or in this case cupcakes.  You will need the below ingrediants and I use Wilton brand for coloring and for the color flow mix.
4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
2 tbs of color flow powder
1/4 cup of water plus 1 tbs
Colors needed
cardbord or cookie sheet
any image you wish to duplicate
wax paper
Here's How:
Place your design under your wax paper and secure with tape, then tape your wax paper to your cookie sheet or cardboard.  
Mix your ingredients for the color flow mix ingredient for 7 minutes on high with an electric mixer.  Divide the color flow mix evenly for the colors you need.  Add colors and mix.  Red was the hardest color to achieve, so I added burgandy, black and copper for a dark red.  
Use a piping bag, I like the disposables, they are cheap and I can throw away the miss.  Use a small circular tip.  The smaller the better for finer details.

TIP: Work fast to fill the bags as the color flow crusts over fast.  Seal your piping bags well until ready to use.

Now, here was my mistake. I was in a hurry and didn't have time to wait on anything to set properly so take your time and you will get superb results.  Outline your design on your wax paper following the image you are duplicating.  I outlined in white.  Let the outline sit for 2 hours and harden. Add the fill colors as need and using a damp paint brush push the color flow to the edges of the outline.  When filled, let set for 46 more hours until very hard.  

These are edible but more importantly, they are super easy to decorate with.  A friend of mine said she did them a few times and likes to use coloring pages form kids coloring books for designs.

Once your design hard you can remove the design or designs from the wax paper.  If using more than one design, cut the wax paper to separate them.

Using the edge of your counter top, roll the wax paper away from the design or you can use a small spatula and lift it away.  This method worked best for me.

Attach your designs using a dallop of icing when decorating.  I actually can't wait to try this method again for a little more perfecting.  The possibilities are endless and I was able to match the cupcakes to our invitations. 

1 comment:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria


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