Author Archives: REBEKAH WILBUR

ACD+ Arabian Nights

Airbrushing the cakes

1: Pour 3 tablespoons of vodka in to 4 bowls and color each bowl with the 4 different Rolkem colors and mix with a paintbrush to ensure the dust is dissolved.

2: Begin with the lightest color, peach, and fill the airbrush cup half way. Place the cake onto a turntable Stand 6” away from the surface of the 4” cake and begin to spray from the top of the cake to the center, continually spinning the turntable to get an even coverage.

3: Rinse out the airbrush fully then fill with the cerise colored liquid, spray from the center of the 4” cake to the base.

4: Carefully place the 4 “cake to one side and sit the 6” cake on to the turntable and continue to spray from the top down to the center of the cake.

5: Rinse the airbrush cup out and fill it with the violet colored liquid and begin to spray from the center of the cake down to the base.

Laura notes: Spray a couple of extra layers of the violet color at the base to give it a stronger tone.

6: Use the violet to airbrush the drum so it is a solid color.

7: Finally fill the airbrush cup with the rose colored liquid and spray the entire column.


Stenciling the Cake

1: Take a paisley patterned stencil design and wrap around the 4″ cake so that the pattern sits centrally, secure with a sterilized pin.

2: Fill the cleaned airbrush with black airbrush color and begin to spray on to the stencil lightly to give a more gray hue to the overall color.

Laura notes: Make sure you are parallel to the surface at all times to avoid the stencil color bleeding.

4: Repeat the process with the 6” cake but this time layer the color more times so that the coverage is a strong black, if the stencil doesn’t go all the way around the cake, re-wrap the stencil and spray to cover the cake all the way around.


Hanging gold shapes

1: roll out some white sugar florist paste

2: use a 7mm & 10mm circle cutter and a small 13mm teardrop cutter to cut out lots of shapes

3: lay them out vertically from smallest circle to teardrop and thread some gold cotton from the bottom centre of the teardrop to the top centre of the smallest circle

4: leave extra thread free at the top them repeat with all the other shapes

5: mix some gold food colour dust with vodka to make a paint and paint the front, back and sides and allow to dry

6: tie a double not just above the smallest circle and trim off the ends

7: attach each droplet with a sterilised pin in to the drum of the 4” cake just to span across the front

Finishing touches

1: twist in a wooden skewer in to the hairs pony tail

2: push gently into the top of the back of the head and wrap a thick strip of gold modelling paste around the base to secure it

3: dampen the edge of the drum with a little water

4: lay pieces of gold leaf over the water and smooth the back of the transfer sheet with a brush to secure

5: repeat this process with the edge of both tiers

6: push your figure into the centre of the top tier ensuring the wooden dowl goes right though the cake

7: dust a little rose dust onto the cheeks of the figure

8: glue the small gold sugar discs around the bottom edge of the column, the top edge of the top tier and the bottom edge of the bottom tier

9: wrap a gold ribbon around the drum and secure at the back with a pin








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