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The Painted Cake
This is such a simple design to recreate: a single flower repeated over the whole cake. For this project I have used a rose, but you could easily substitute another flower. Daisies, pansies or hydrangeas would all work just as well — what I’m really trying to say is that you can use any flower you want! I’ve used yellow tones in this cake. Of course, you can paint it in different colours if you wish, but I love this bright, sunny colour palette.

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© 2022 Natasha Collins / Murdoch Books · Reproduced with permission. · The Painted Cake by Natasha Collins (Murdoch Books £16.99). Photography: Nathan Pask.
  • How to decorate a floral cake. Single Rose Cake  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using the yellow paint and the size 8 brush, paint in the roses, remembering to leave some areas free from paint. (You will find that it is more difficult to create a difference in tones when using yellow because it is such a light colour, but do not worry too much as you’ll later apply orange and pink to create darker tones.)

  • Step 2

    Paint the leaves with a light tone of soft green. Again, leave some areas of each unpainted. If you have any slight gaps in your layout you can always add a few extra leaves at this point.

  • Step 3

    Add detail to the roses with a medium tone of orange.

  • Step 4

    Add a second layer of neat orange.

  • Step 5

    Add some highlights to the flowers and leaves with white.

  • Step 6

    Add shading to the leaves with neat soft green.

  • Step 7

    Add some extra shading to the leaves with neat dark green.

  • How to decorate a floral cake. Single Rose Cake  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Paint the final layer of shadow in the centre of the rose with neat pink. 
If you wish, you can add some pink detail onto a few of the leaves (just don’t 
add it to each and every one). You can also add some pink dots to your design — you may wish to change to the size 4 brush for this.

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