On reality shows like “Ace of Cakes” currently airing on the Food Network, viewers get to see just how difficult making and decorating a cake can be. No, we’re not talking about writing “Happy Birthday” on a store bought cake. We’re talking genuine artistry here.
And like all artists, a professional cake decorator needs the right tools. Yes, we know it sounds a little strange, but it is much easier if you see the cake as the canvas and the other equipment as tools of the trade. Remember, just because it’s edible doesn’t mean it can’t be a work of art. In fact, the average professionally decorated wedding cake can be every bit as expensive as a painting on canvas.
Where to begin? After the cake has been baked and cooled off, the artist must procure a few basic pieces of equipment. The first and most important is the airbrush system; the airbrush gun, compressor and paints. Just remember to purchase edible paints for cake decorating!.
The airbrush gun is just like any other piece of art equipment—it takes practice to perfect. And the best place to practice is on an ordinary sheet of paper before you begin. It’s a good idea to plan the job beforehand, sketch everything out, decide on the colors and create any masks that will be needed. Good luck, and have fun!