Spectrum Flow Hero Karen Keaney shows you how to achieve this simple yet stylish airbrush effect!
This design from Spectrum Flow Hero Karen Keaney oozes style, yet is really simple to achieve with very few tools! It can be changed to suit any theme, just change the colours to pearl and ivory and you get a whole new look!
Using Spectrum Flow airbrush colours and machine, Karen shows you how to create a seamless airbrush effect, for a moody-blue and totally on-trend wedding cake design!
Contemporary Moody Blues Wedding Cake with Spectrum Flow!
YOU WILL NEED
12.7 x 12.7cm (5 x 5in) round cake and 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in) round cake covered in pale blue sugarpaste
18 x 15cm (7 x 6in) tall round cake, ganached
25cm (10in) round cake board
2kg sugarpaste: pale blue (I mixed a small amount of Satin Ice navy into white sugarpaste to achieve the colour I used)
1.5kg sugarpaste: grey (I mixed a small amount of Satin Ice black into white sugarpaste to achieve the colour I used)
50g sugarpaste: black
300g dark chocolate (Vera Miklas)
airbrush colours: navy blue and brown (Spectrum Flow)
gold highlighter (Cake Lace) note: use Roxy and Rich gold edible dust if you want to keep it edible
Spectrum Flow wipeouts
1 Take the grey sugarpaste and marble pieces of black into it, knead until you can still see some black streaks left in the sugarpaste.
2 Roll out the marbled sugarpaste and cover the 18cm (7in) cake.
3 Crumple up a sheet of aluminium foil.
4 Use the foil to texture the grey tier by pushing the foil against the sides and top of the cake.
5 Take the two top tiers and stack them. Airbrush both tiers with the navy airbrush colour.
6 Now airbrush in patches using the brown airbrush colour. This coat should be very patchy and light.
Top Tip! Depending on how rough or smooth you want the concrete effect to be, you can adjust the pressure you use with the foil.
7 Using the wipeout sheet, sponge off some of the airbrush colour. It is best to do this before the colour dries on the tiers.
8 Take another sheet or foil approximately 30 x 30cm (12 x 12in) and crumple it up and then flatten it out again.
9 Melt the chocolate in the microwave in thirty second bursts until it is liquid. Spread it on the foil using a palette knife, the set aside to firm up. You can nput it in the fridge if necessary.
Top Tip! Set your microwave to medium when melting chocolate as it easy to overheat and ruin your chocolate.
10 Before the chocolate completely sets, score lines vertically as shown.
11 Once the chocolate is firm you can remove it from the foil – so satisfying!
12 Use the gold highlighter dust and some alcohol to make a paint. Use a flat brush to paint the roughest side of the chocolate pieces. No need to completely coat it, some chocolate showing through adds dimension.
Top Tip! Chocolate makes an excellent glue. You can use freeze spray to make it set faster.
13 Use some melted chocolate as a glue, spread it on the back of the chocolate pieces.
14 Attach the pieces to the cake.
15 Roll out some navy sugarpaste.
16 Paint the sugarpaste with the gold paint. Allow to dry slightly.
17 Use a rolling pin to distress the sugarpaste, this gives the impression of silk onto the sugarpaste, adding even more texture.
18 Arrange the sugarpaste onto the board, creating folds at the outer edges.
19 Stack the cakes onto the board and adjust the sugarpaste in the board.
20 Trim off any excess sugarpaste.
21 Attach a ribbon to the board for the final finish.
Now you can step back and admire your stunning, moody-blues wedding cake!
For more information about the stunning Spectrum Flow equipment used by Karen Keaney in this tutorial, click HERE to visit their website.
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