Painting a Stained Glass Cake

food coloring paintbrushes for painting cake Warning! If you attempt this cake, it will take you longer than you think. And whatever you think that means, double it, at least. And if you happen to have an afternoon Easter gathering to get to, well, then, you’re just outta luck.

As I’ve made more and more cakes over the past year, that is honestly one area in which I’ve improved: I can give myself a fairly accurate timetable for how long a cake will take. So I was feeling good on Easter morning, my cake all made and covered in fondant the night before, ready for the vibrant splashes of color from my paintbrushes. I meandered to the kitchen, giving myself four entire hours to paint this, but was almost certain it would take around three. It took five. And I was late for Easter. 😦

And, shhhhh… I didn’t even finish the back, something that caused me, the Ultimate Perfectionist, physical pain and anguish.

It really is quite simple: all you need are the gel food colors, a brush, and some clear vanilla or lemon extract (or any clear alcohol, like vodka!). Put a little food coloring on the plate, mix a little extract so that it becomes the shade you want, and paint away. My steps are photographed below: cover cake in white fondant, sketch design with yellow food coloring, paint in the sections, and outline with black food coloring. Ta-da!

how to paint a stained glass effect on a cakeHere’s what the top looked like! Some of the sections are a bit streaky, but like I said, I was running really late!   stained glass cake with food coloringEaster cake painted stained glass I also tried this neat jello dessert I saw on this blog: http://robbygurlscreations.blogspot.com/2012/04/diy-easter-egg-jello-molds.html

I CAN’T STAND HOW CUTE THEY ARE! Easter egg jello with colorful rainbow layers

Easter Egg Cake Pops

easter egg cake pops headerburned cupcakes for cake popsEver wonder what to do with your leftover cake pieces? Cake pops are the answer! Last night, I made a wedding dress cake for a friend’s bridal shower. Not only did I have tons of leftover cake once I had carved the dress, but I also had an entire tray of cupcakes that had burned bottoms. Solution? Cake pops!! 🙂 I’ve only made them once before (click here to see the life-like roses for a “Bachelor” viewing party!) but everyone knows that cake pops are just so darned cute. (For the real Queen of cake pops, check out Bakerella!)

Step 1: Mix your leftover cake pieces with a can of ready-made frosting from the store. Add the frosting little by little so that it doesn’t get too wet and heavy. (I think one box of cake mix mixes into around 1/2 or 3/4 whole can of frosting.)

Step 2: Form the cake balls into whatever shape you like. Put into refrigerator for a while.

Step 3: Melt candy melts in a dish. Dip the tip of a stick into the melts, and then insert into the bottom of your cake pops. Place back into the fridge until these harden. (It only takes a few minutes!)

Step 4: Once hardened, dip your entire cake pop into the candy melts. Twirl to get rid of excess (I haven’t mastered this yet!), and then place upright in a cake pop holder or a piece of styrofoam. Let harden completely.

Step 5: Finally, the fun part! Decorate away! 🙂 I attached the larger sprinkles one by one, using a toothpick dipped in a teeny bit of the melted candy. For the smaller sprinkles and sugars, I used a paintbrush dipped in piping gel and coated the area I wanted covered, and then dumped on the sprinkles. They will adhere exactly where your piping gel was!

cake pops how to in progressOnce everything was dry, I set about taking my photographs. A brightly-colored container, a few sheets of paper, a piece of styrofoam, and some plastic grass from a craft store and viola! All you’ll need is the camera! 🙂

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