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Painted Watercolour Silhouette Cake

How to paint a watercolour design on a cake, over a silhouette. We’ve chosen a bunny rabbit design for Easter.

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Decorating ingredients

  • 500 g Renshaw White Ready to Roll Icing
  • Rainbow Dust ProGel Pink Food Colouring
  • Rainbow Dust ProGel Turquoise Food Colouring
  • Rainbow Dust ProGel Yellow Food Colouring
  • Rainbow Dust Pearl White Edible Lustre Powder


Step 1

Equipment: You will need separate sponges for each gel colour, a paint palette, pot of water and cocktail sticks. Have some paper towels and a spare rolled out piece of sugar paste to hand. Print and cut out a silhouette in your chosen shape.

Step 2

Knead your Renshaw White Ready to Roll Fondant Icing until pliable, roll out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, then cover your cake with this and smooth over.

Step 3

In a paint palette, add small amounts of your chosen gel food colours. A little goes a long way!

Step 4

Mix your gel colours with a little water. You can use your cocktail sticks to mix these.

Step 5

Add a small amount of white edible dust to your colours and mix again. This will create pastel shades.

Step 6

Stick your silhouette in place with a little royal icing, or you can hold this in place while you're working.

Step 7

Using a different sponge for each colour, add the watered down gel to the sponge then tap off the excess on a paper towel. Test the colour on the spare piece of paste before you add it to the cake, so you know you're happy with the colour.

Step 8

Dab the sponge around the silhouette, little and often, so that you can build up colour if needed.

Step 9

Once you've added all your colours, take the silhouette away and leave the surface to dry before serving.

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