Pour Painting Cake Tutorial

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I don’t know about you all, but I am slightly obsessed with pour painting. I could literally sit and watch videos of people doing different pour painting pieces for HOURS! If one pops up when I’m on Pinterest or Facebook, I literally cannot move on until I have watched the entire thing. There’s just something so fascinating about the fact that colors randomly added to a cup and then poured onto a surface can make such intriguing and incredible designs. Plus, you never know what you are going to get which equal parts excites me and stresses out my perfectionist/control freak tendencies.

So I figured there HAS to be a way to create this on cake! Mirror glaze cakes have been all the rage for a while now, but I wanted a different look for this project. I knew I didn’t want it to be crazy shiny like mirror glaze, and I knew I wanted my medium to create what are called “cells” in pour painting. (Cells are a circular spidery pattern that appears after pouring.) After playing around with several ideas, I decided to go with a very simple powdered sugar glaze. Just powdered sugar and water. Doesn’t get much easier than that, right!? The powdered sugar mixture dries with a much softer sheen if any. Plus, while it dried enough to touch, it never got hard and crunchy like thinned out royal icing would have.

 

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After doing some reading, there appeared to be some consensus in the pour painting world that cells are created when your mediums have varying consistencies. Apparently, you can create more exaggerated cell patterns by mixing silicone with your paint, but there was NO way I was putting silicone on my cake…. Obviously.  So I decided to not measure my ingredients for the glaze. That way, I would be forced to end up with varying consistencies without stressing out over measurements.

 

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Check out those cells!!!!!

I also knew that I wanted my colors to be opaque, not see through. To obtain this look, I added white food coloring to all of my bowls of glaze, whether they would be a color or not. Then I added my desired colors. And contrary to what I thought originally, you will need more white glaze than colors. After playing with the technique a bit, I quickly learned that having too much of your colors makes them muddle together instead of popping off the cake. So use the white!!!!

Once my glazes were mixed, I alternated pouring them into a cup and then literally poured it onto a fondant covered cake. Since my consistencies were different with each color, cell patterns started magically appearing. It was SO much fun to just watch the colors pour and spread!!!!!

There were a few areas where the glaze didn’t want to completely cover the sides of the cake. To fix it, I thinly spread some of the leftover glaze from the cups onto the dry spots on the side of the cake. This gave wet glaze for the pour to cling to and continue to drip evenly down the side of the cake. Does that make sense?

 

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Once the glaze had set, I cut off the little drips hanging from the bottom of the cake, and then dressed it up. Quick, easy, DIFFERENT, and super fun!!!

Try it out and let me know how it works for you! Can’t wait to see your creations!

 

 

See you next time!

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