The local college hockey team is very popular in my area. So popular in fact, that I had two UND Hockey cakes ordered for 4 year old boys within a month of each other!
Though the premise of the cakes were basically the same, I used a different technique on each cake.
The details on this first cake were painted on. To paint the details, a little bit of gel food coloring was watered down slightly and painted on with a paintbrush (be sure to designate “food only” paintbrushes and keep them away from your kids!)
I love painting details, because the colors are very nice and vibrant. The drawback of painting is the possibility of the colors bleeding, especially if the food coloring is too thin.
For the second cake, I use a similar style, but used edible food markers instead of paint. The lines are much more concise, but the color isn’t as vibrant and sometimes fades, especially if there are inconsistencies in the fondant.
All in all, as practice more and more, I am finding that I typically prefer painting small details.
What is your favorite way to add small details to cakes?