Yes, I said it. It's your party and you can paint if you want to, a cake that is. Crazy, right? Well, not crazy because I kind of have been doing this for a while now, but never full throttle with it. They make edible food gels in all colors, and I usually mix them to create "paint colors." I sometimes use them and brush some of the color to make small cake designs. But I have seen some amazing cakes online where people go all out, and the complete cake is painted. I've been wanting to do this for years now, and finally decided to do it. And guess what? I love doing this now!
paint palette/ paper plate
Once you have your cake covered in while fondant, you can begin. It's your blank canvas!
As for the food gels, I have are a mix of brands. Craft stores usually sell Wilton color gels, or you can also go to specialty cake stores and they tend to sell the brand AmeriColor. (which has more of a variety of colors) Either way, you can't go wrong.
When mixing the colors onto a palette, you need to mix a drop of food gel with a few drops of water. The food gels are so thick and strong in color that water thins it out, and makes the color last longer. I also suggest getting some white icing color because you can lighten any color with the white.
Then, you can start painting. Make sure you use new brushes. You don't want to use paint brushes you used with real paint. And different size tip brushes are a plus.
And when I was done, the cake looked very Rifle Paper Co. Totally didn't even think of that until it was all done, but I don't mind. Rifle Paper has the most stunning things!
So, are you up for the challenge? I don't think you have to be artsy to try painting a fondant cake. I honestly don't have a steady hand when it comes to painting, but I think creativity is all you need. And if it helps, you can always base your painting on an actual design you may like. Happy painting!