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Painting Flowers on Cakes

Stephanie Weightman spent months researching ways to paint convincing pictures on cakes with more subtlety and depth than had ever be achieved before. She came up with this exciting new technique using edible powder food colours with edible varnish. She begins by showing how to cover chocolate cakes, fruit cakes, Victoria sponges and cupcakes (recipes supplied) with sugapaste, royal icing, sugarpaste sheets or chocolate. Then she shows how to double-load a varnish-dipped brush with two colours, then demonstrates a variety of brush strokes to create beautiful leaves and petals with a fresh, 3D appearance, which are used to paint sunflowers, roses, rosebuds, berries, stems, tendrils and bows. There are then fourteen stunning step-by-step projects including shaped cakes, tiered cakes, mini cakes and cupcakes, decorated with an amazing array of flowers and styles. Readers will have all the skills and techniques to produce any of these amazing creations, including Teardrop Cakes, a Pansy Cake, Autumn Rose Wedding Cake, Lace Fancies, Easter Lilies painted on chocolate, a Dragonfly Cake, Lavender Cupcakes, a cake covered in 3D decoupaged sugarcraft sheet butterflies and a Black and White Wedding Cake in a stunning, elegant style that would look great for a civil ceremony or wedding.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6 Materials 8 Techniques 12 Painting techniques 20 Daisy Cake 26 Teardrop Cakes 28 Summer Roses 30 Pansy Cake 34 Autumn Rose Wedding Cake 38 Heart Cake 42 Lace Fancies 46 Poppy Cake 50 Easter Lilies 54 Dragonfly Cake 58 Butterflies 62 Lavender Cupcakes 66 Sunflower Cake 70 Black and White Wedding Cake 74 Index 80

About the Author

Having recently won Origin's Celebrity Crafter of the Year award, Stephanie Weightman now shares her expertise on QVC where she is a popular guest presenter and personality. She has worked with big name craft products and developed many new products over the years and she regularly appears on air and online. She runs national creative workshops, appears at major shows and events and has written several books. She is now using her expert papercraft and general craft knowledge in the sugarcraft arena. Stephanie lives in Derbyshire.


Nov 13 Decorative painter Weightman (Decorative Painting; Stencilling on Cakes) here introduces readers to a unique technique for decorating cakes that she developed, which borrows heavily from acrylic painting and makes use of paintbrushes to apply edible food colors onto icing and other sugary surfaces. Readers need not have prior cake-decorating experience to try their hand at these projects; copious close-up photos detailing the process step-by-step will make this book accessible and easy to follow, even for beginners. -VERDICT Good crossover potential among fans of art instruction, cooking, and crafts. * Library Journal, USA * Oct 13 Painted cakes are very much on trend at the moment and Stephanie Weightman's colourful, layered designs represent a different style to the usual folk art painting. She maintains that all you need is some creativity and an open mind in order to become proficient at this technique, which involves building up colour on a brush and applying it in a single sweep. Each project illustrates a certain technique and type of flower which can then be applied to cakes, cupcakes and cookies. * Wedding Cakes * Sept 13 If you, like this reviewer, have tried to paint using food coloring you will know that the results are not the same as painting on paper or fabric. If this effect is what you are trying to achieve it can be disappointing, but no longer. TV personality and all-round craftswoman Stephanie Weightman has discovered how to make real paints that you can use to decorate cakes in exactly the same way you use acrylics! Here's how it is done. You don't even need to buy a lot of new items to do it with which is always heartening. These are not paints you buy to add to what you already own, but ones you mix yourself using powder food colors and a couple of other things, then apply with bristle brushes. This is not a recipe book so you will have to look elsewhere for recipes for cakes, sugarpastes, frosting etc but this leaves more room for the lovely projects. Start by learning how to flat ice and otherwise provide a flat surface for painting on, and then practisepractice your brush strokes to paint leaves, petals and berries. There are several types of cake in here ranging from the ever-popular cupcakes to round cakes (mostly 10"), a heart shaped cake and various tiered examples, including two unusual and very effective wedding cakes. Flowers range from lavender, a sunflower, roses, pansies, lilies plus dragonflies and three-dimensional butterflies. Each project is illustrated with a large photograph of the finished piece, plus steps with smaller photographs showing how it is done. This is a lovely and hands-on book that is sure to make painters and sugarcrafters alike race to the nearest kitchen to have a go. * *

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