Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cake Decorating... airbrush style!

You’ve seen them – gorgeous cakes that look like they ran smack into a rainbow. They’re color drenched works of art, and they were made using an airbrush.

I haven’t tried one yet, but have been looking into how they work. Basically, an airbrush is used to spray ink (or in the case of a cake decorator, food coloring!). You load it up, pull the trigger, and then a stream of air goes through the airbrush, carrying the color with it and spreading it out on the surface of the cake. You can load the airbrush with more than one color at a time to get that rainbow look. You can use an airbrush to do the background of a cake or to give it kind of a tie-dye looks.

Apparently it takes some practice to get your airbrush to do what you want it to. Lots of professional decorators use them, and swear by them. So it’s worth a try!

Have you used an airbrush for your cakes? How did they come out? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?

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