Creative Ways to Use PhotoCake®
PhotoCake Master Class
A simple tool in the right hands can produce amazing results. Consider Picasso using a paintbrush versus the average six-year-old. Big difference, right?
That’s how I feel about PhotoCake. It’s great for helping new Cake Decorators produce advanced looking cakes, but in the hands of a seasoned pro, PhotoCake unlocks powerful creative potential. Ready to see PhotoCake with fresh eyes? Your master class begins now.
For this triple-layer six-inch cake, I started by printing a black and white floral image on a full sheet of PhotoCake media. Then I used Princess Pink airbrush for a duotone effect that’s super dramatic and incredibly simple to create. I airbrushed the cake top black, surrounded the cake with black Fondant Strips, and added extra dimension using a Gum Paste Briar Rose airbrushed with Princess Pink.
Sometimes you have to flip something on its head to see new possibilities. When I took a fresh look at our Gum Paste hearts, I realized I could put two together, add Gold airbrush to the outside and inside edges to create a Mother’s Day locket. In this design, the locket holds PhotoCake Images of Mom’s biggest fans. The locket could easily contain a special message for a unique proposal. Light pink buttercream icing covers the cake, and mixture of multi-sized pearls creates the elegant, textured border. Using white candy pearls, I created a faux necklace for the locket.
This winter-themed masculine cake illustrates how you can use one piece of PhotoCake to cover two cake tiers. I printed our Red Check Plaid Deer PhotoCake Image onto a full sheet of media, then cut out the silhouette. Our bark impression mat made it easy to replicate a snow-covered tree stump for the textured bottom tier, and I used Pearl Shimmer airbrush on both tiers for a sparkly snowflake effect. Then I applied the Plaid Deer PhotoCake Image to both tiers, masking where the image cascades onto the bottom tier with a Gum Paste bow.
Here’s how I created this upscale wedding cake: The top and bottom tiers are covered in white fondant and the middle tier is covered in navy fondant. All three tiers got a glam treatment with Silver Shimmer airbrush. For the mosaic tiles, I started by printing the floral image on a full sheet of PhotoCake media. Then I flipped the image over and covered the reverse side with individual hexagon Shimmer DecoShapes®. I cut out each hexagon shape, creating six-sided tiles that contained the entire PhotoCake Image. I reconstructed the image by placing the hexagon DecoShapes on the cake tiers. This design may take a little longer to accomplish, but the end result is show stopping.
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ABOUT THE DECORATOR
Hey there, it’s Angie. Designing birthday cakes is super fun for me because birthdays are a huge deal in my world. In fact, my boyfriend and I don’t celebrate any other holidays. I’ve been decorating cakes for as long as I can remember. First with my Mom, who was big into cutting up sheet cakes into cool shapes and characters, and then in the pastry program at culinary school. I always wanted to work with food and make a living doing art, and that’s exactly what I get to do every day as a cake designer and decorator at DecoPac.