How to Paint on Icing – Rainbow Unicorn

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Painting a Cartoon Style Rainbow Unicorn

This Rainbow Unicorn is painted on icing in a cartoon style using a poster painting technique. If you know how to paint on icing you can add any images you want to a cake and this tutorial will lead you through the stages to get a great finish. This is one of the simplest forms of painting on icing and a great place to start! You use blocks of colour to build up the Rainbow Unicorn image. A little shading adds basic detail.

For this Rainbow Unicorn I have traced out the design and transferred it to a plaque using the edible pen technique (tutorial for this coming soon). You can do this straight onto your cake if you prefer.

At the end of this post you will find a video showing the whole process.

You will need:
You will need food colours, palette brushes and edible ink pen

How to mix the colours

Start by adding some icing whitener to your palette

Add a spot of each colour to the centre and mix a little into the powder using water or alcohol

You will need:

  • Pale pink for the body
  • A deeper pink for shading
  • Blue for the horn and hooves
  • Yellow, Purple, Deep Pink, and Aqua for the mane and tail

How To Paint the Body

Paint the main part of the body of the rainbow unicorn pale pink
Load the sable brush with pale pink colour. This should be liquid enough to flow smoothly as you paint so adjust the thickness if you need to. Follow the shape of the unicorn’s body and use long even strokes to paint the pink all over the body, head and legs. Add more colour to your brush when you need to.

Adding shading to the rainbow unicornThen using the deeper pink colour – this should be a few shades darker – don’t make it too dark!- add shading detail to the head, underside of the legs and body and around the back of the unicorn.

Using a little more of the pale pink blend the edges of the shading so there is no obvious line between the two pink colours.

How to Paint the Horn and Hooves

detail of hoovesUsing the pale baby blue fill in the whole area of the horn an hooves. Then darken the blue a little and paint in the shaded detail – a line down the horn and the edges of the hooves.

Painting the head detail

close up of head detailMix a little of the pale yellow with a little pale pink to make a light flesh colour and paint the muzzle of the unicorn

Add some deep pink to this and paint the inside of the ears.

Using the deeper baby blue paint the eye

How to Paint the Mane and Tail of the Unicorn

Using the deep pink paint a stripe down each section of the mane following the flow of the outline. Do the same with the tail.
Add a stripe each of purple, yellow and aqua until the mane and tail.
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are complete. Finish the tail with a thin stripe of pink on the top

Using a very pale yellow brush around the base of the unicorn so he looks like he is sitting on something rather than floating in the air!

Leave to dry completely

How to Complete the Rainbow Unicorn

drawing the outline
When the painted unicorn is completely dry outline carefully with the thicker end of the Rainbow Dust Food Art Pen. Use long strokes if possible for a smoother finish. Draw in the eye leaving some of the blue visible and add lashes. You can add a small white dot in the eye using the Icing whitener powder to add life to eye if you like.

I have used the black pen to emphasise the cartoon nature of the painting however you can use a pale grey or pink pen if you prefer a softer look.

 

If you want watch the whole process I have added a video of how the Rainbow Unicorn was painted so check that out below:

Video Tutorial – How to Paint a Rainbow Unicorn on Icing

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How To Make a Drip Cake

…and everything else you need to know.

I’ve been busy, researching the best ways to create the ultimate drip cake and I’ve found some really interesting information for you guys. The plan is for me to write it all down in one place for you!

I have found the best free tutorials, top cakey tips and fan share inspiration. I’ll also recommend the products you can use to achieve the very best results.

This video is by Rosie’s Dessert Spot and gives you a really good idea how to get started with your drip cake.

The blog that I’d also highly recommend is Craftsy’s ‘How To Make a Trendy Drip Cake’

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Craftsy offer a full and even more importantly free step by step guide to create this also vibrant cake.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Chilled buttercream, ganache or fondant covered cake (The chilled part is important! Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to add the glaze drip)
  • Heavy cream (aka whipping or double cream)
  • Tempered chocolate or confectionery coating
  • Gel or paste food colouring (appropriate for use with chocolate)
  • Angled palette knife
  • Tablespoon
  • Microwaveable glass bowl
  • Spatula

Do you want to achieve that gorgeous vibrant pink? Try out Rainbow Dust Pro Gel Pink! Our favourite!

Pink Day Inspiration

OK, so we’ve mastered the cake, we have a step by step… do you want to try and create a glaze drip? We’ve got you covered with this helpful video recipe from Cupcake Savvy Kitchen. Their youtube channel has loads of great, free video tutorials on it!

TOP TIP: Worried about your buttercream melting? Add a small amount of Meri-White to the mix, this helps firm the buttercream slightly, whilst keeping it light and fluffy… no sticky mess! This same technique goes for all buttercream cakes including cupcakes!

Finally lets get some Drip Cake Eye Candy on the go with some of our lovely customer shares!

We have share days on our Party Animal Online Facebook Page on Monday’s and Friday’s if you want to share any of your creations with us 🙂

Drip Cake Inspiration

★ FAN SHARE ★ Now how about this for a drip cake!! This is Wendy Palmer’s first ever drip cake and I think it is amazing!! I could tuck into a piece of that right now! Chocolate heaven!

Drip Cake Inspiration

★ FAN SHARE ★ Leaza McLaughlin has shared her tasty looking Wedding Anniversary Cake with us!
“Simple buttercream and ganache drip cake for my wedding anniversary 💍🍾. Ganache coloured with Sugarflair pink paste.” Happy Wedding Anniversary and what better way to spend it than eating cake

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★ FAN SHARE ★ Mmmmm I could eat a huge slice of this right now! This delicious cake has been shared with us by Katy Chanter “Made this yummy chocolate orange drip cake. Gorgeous progel orange from your good selves.” Thanks for shopping and sharing with us Katy 

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★ FAN SHARE ★ “This was 9″ high. No dowels as the choccy is hard in this weather” posted by Cathy Taylor.

We recommend always using dowels if you are using buttercream or ganache and especially in warm weather. It will save the chance of a complete hair pulling disaster!

If you like the metallic cake finish on Cathy’s cake I recommend reading our Metallic Cake Finish Blog!

Did you know you can also make drip cakes using just Colour Melts? Read our blog Melt and Create to find out more about them.

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Thanks for reading and following our blogs… feel free to write any suggestions for helpful articles in the comments below.

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Melt and Create with Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

 

With Rainbow Dust’s new fantastic colour melts you can melt and create a huge range of fantastic edible fun! Of course we now have them available on the website if you fancy giving them a go.

I’ll be sharing our favourite tricks using colour melts and it’s not just about Cake Pops!

The Best Bits

  • They are made up of Non-Hydrogenated Fats
  • Smaller Buttons that melt quicker
  • Great flavour
  • Available in 8 colours and more coming soon!

Packs of Colour Melts

To melt them you can use multiple methods. One being the Microwave, nice and easy does it! The other is the double boiler, slightly harder work but ensures you don’t over-do your candy buttons.

Instructions for Microwave – Place candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Do not melt in the bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at half power or on the defrost setting. Repeat until completely melted be careful not to over cook your melts.

Instructions for Double Boiler – Partially fill the bottom pan with water and bring to a simmer.
Fit the top pan or bowl in place and add the candy. Stir until completely melted. A jug or bowl can be used to replace the top pan. Do not allow any water to come in direct contact with the candy.

The PME Chocolate Melting pot also works fantastic with these!

 

Melt and Create

Here’s some fantastic examples on using your colour melts by Rainbow Dust.

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I love the use of the colour melts on these tasty Cake Pops. Use Rainbow Dust Edible Gold Glitter to add an extra sparkle!

Cake Pops using Rainbow Dust Colour Melts

Try dipping cake balls in candy melts and popping them in a mini cake cup, once done drizzle with different coloured candy colour melts to create these gorgeous mini cake bites.

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Or why not go for gold and create edible ice cream bowls, this will really impress the guests and they are so easy the kids can have fun giving it a go too!

Check out the entire rage of Rainbow Dust Colour Melts.

 

Melt and create order now with partyanimalonline

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

Using Tylo Powder

If you want to know more about using Tylo Powder and how to get the most out of the product for cake decorating and modelling then you are in the right place.

This write up has been brought to us by the well renowned cake decorating colours and consumables company ‘Rainbow Dust Ltd’.

Tylo Powder is an essential ingredient in any sugar crafters equipment box, and is widely used to make modelling paste, flower paste and edible glue. It is also reffered to as CMC and is a professional grade extra fine powder, which is available in 50g, 80g and 120g.

Modelling Paste:

Tylo Powder is vital in transforming sugarpaste into Modelling Paste and it starts to work straight away, no need to leave over night like it’s alternative Gum Tragacanth.

  • Add 1tsp to 250g of Sugarpaste and knead well.

Tips:

If it starts to crack then add a little more sugarpaste and knead again.

Once done the paste is now ready to creat models, drapes, bows and to use in moulds.

 

Edible Glue

Using Tylo Powder to create an edible glue is really easy!

  • Simply mix 1/4 teaspoon to 50ml of water in a pot.

It will initially form a lumpy mixture, don’t worry as this is normal!

Leave overnight and the next morning you’ll find a clear thick glue ready to use. If you require it to be slightly thinner simply add a little more water.

Tips:

With Tylo edible glue you can also create ‘gunge’, this is the term we use to describe very thick glue paste, made from sugarpaste you are using and mixed with a small amount of the Tylo edible glue. This is used for a stronger hold and it will match the colour of sugarpaste you are using it with!

 

Flower Paste:

Tylo Powder can also be used to make flower paste, ideal for making wired flowers, shapes on wires and any other shapes or leaves that require a firmer paste.

Flower Paste Basic Recipe: For 500g of Flower Paste

  • 450g of sieved Icing Sugar
  • 5 teaspoons of Tylo Powder
  • 60-65ml of cool boiled water

Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix together using an electric mixer, mix until completely combined. Place the paste on a dusted non stick work surface and knead until fully combined. Then place in to a polythene bag until required.

Tips:

You can freeze both modelling paste and flower paste for up to 6 months!

 

We have a few different sizes available in the Tylo Powder and with it’s long best before’s and versatility it’s almost worth getting the larger quantities!

All sizes of Tylo Powder are available in our Online Shop.

Why not Pin the Rainbow Dust worksheet so you always have it handy!

Using Tylo Powder

 

New Edible Food Art Pens

New Edible Food Art Pens

New Edible Food Art Pens

New Edible Food Art Pens

By Rainbow Dust

A really fab update! Thanks to Rainbow Dust amazing product research they have developed an even better edible pen!!

Here’s our Q & A on the new edible food art pens due out very soon!

New Rainbow Dust Edible Pens

 

Q. I thought Rainbow Dust already had a range of edible pens?

A. They did, then they took all your feedback and improved it!

 

Q. What is better about the new ones?

A. They are a higher performance product, with all the old pros but some new ones too… They are faster drying and they now write on loads more stuff. The new pens work on Chocolate, Candy Buttons or Melts as well as Sugarpaste, Modelling pastes, Marzipan, royal icing and sugar plaques.

 

Q. Do they still have two nibs with different sizes?

A. Yes they do!

 

Q. When will they be available?

A. They will be available to buy from the 1st June. You can get them from our online store HERE.

 

Product Features

  • Dual nib – 2.5mm nib and thin 0.5mm
  • Quick drying 100% edible ink
  • Suitable for application on multiple surfaces
  • Fondant icing – soft and set • Flower modeling paste
  • Chocolate
  • Suitable for vegetarians and is certified Kosher
  • Quick drying 100% edible ink
  • Ink amount: 5 grams
  • Multilingual back of pack – English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

If you need any help or further information on Rainbow Dust products and the new edible food art pens you can contact our sales team at Admin@Partyanimalonline.co.uk or simply comment on our blog and we’ll reply!

New Edible Food Art Pens

 

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Colour Flo Cake Idea

Colour Flo Cake Idea

Colour Flo food colours from Rainbow Dust have arrived and we have some inspiration and cake eye candy here for you!colour_flo1

Colour Flo are a new range of concentrated food colours released by Rainbow Dust and we arebringing you this blog to give you some information on this new fab range and a lovely vibrant cake tutorial that has been created using the Rainbow Dust Colour Flo range.

These highly concentrated food colours, suitable for mixing into Royal Icing, Buttercream, pastry, cake mixes etc. The built in drop applicator allows for precision control, making it easy to achieve a wide range of shades one drop at a time with no need for cocktail sticks!

In addition to this, Colour Flo liquids can be used with your Air Brush. Use straight from the bottle and simply flush through with water or vodka when finished.

Colour Flo Liquid Food Colours

Usage: For each 1kg of cake, you should use no more than 4ml of colour. This is to keep within the EU guidelines when decorating cakes.
Colour Flo Liquid Colours

Flower Cake Quick Tutorial

Create stunning colours when using Turquoise & Spring Green Colour Flo with royal icing.

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To make the flower decorations, we traced flower patterns onto a sheet of greaseproof paper, then piped over the pattern using a No 3 plain piping tube. Leave to dry overnight before securing onto your cake with Edible Glue. Simples!

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A lovely range that is so versatile! Why not try this lovely cake design out too.

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6 Fun Idea’s Using Edible Pens

6 Fun Idea’s Using Edible Pens

There’s more than meets the eye to the fantastic, highly rated, Rainbow Dust Edible Pens…you simply don’t just have to stick to cakes.

In this blog I’m going to share with you 6 awesome idea’s using edible pens, things to know about them, top tips for using them and also what they won’t work on so you won’t being disappointed. First of all… the fun part!

Edible Pens by Rainbow Dust

Idea 1: Sugarcraft Toppers for Cakes

This is a really nice simple idea that allows you to add details to simple sugar toppers without the hard work of piping lots of little dots with lots of royal icing in different colours. Effective & fun!

This example was done using the Double Ended Edible Pens by Rainbow Dust.

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Idea 2: Cupcake Toppers

Adding simple edible pen detail to cupcake toppers. Cute for even the smallest tasks like smiley faces on sugarpaste sunshines. You can see Victoria Threaders full tutorial on making these on our blog ‘SUNSHINE CUPCAKES’ if you fancy giving them a go.

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Idea 3: Mini Plaque Cookie Edging

The simple outline that SweetAmbs has used on these cute mini plaque cookies look fabulous and really add no time at all to the design. SweetAmbs full tutorial on how to make these cute cookies is available on her BLOG.

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Idea 4: Easy Wood Grain Effects 

I love these cool, colourful deck chairs by one of our favourite cookie artists Mike at Semi-Sweet, what a fun idea it is to add the detail to these summer chairs. Here’s the full TUTORIAL to give this cookie design a go.

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Idea 5: The Healthy Option

Write notes to love ones on their banana’s…I’ve tried this and it’s so much fun and never fails to get a big smile! Of course it is the healthy option in the mix!

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Idea 6: Outlining

I stumbled upon this blog at Mamamayer Bakery which has some cool designs done using edible pens and the one above was just one of them. It got me thinking that the outlining is a great idea to add a watercolour style background to as shown in the picture.

You could also draw the designs them keep the kids quiet for an afternoon by giving them edible colourful pens to colour them in! A great family gift for Christmas.

Top Tips

Store your pens well, keep the lids covered and store them upright in a tall glass wherever possible.

If they dry out, dab the end in rejuvenator liquid or clear alcohol to bring them back to life.

Wait until your icing is set, leave cakes over night for the icing to harden slightly, this stops the pens from bleeding in to the icing.

DO

  • Write on cute faces on fruit
  • Scribble funny faces on eggs
  • Draw on Icing, Sugarpaste, Fondant, Marzipan, dry Royal Icing

DON’T

  • Write on Chocolate
  • Colour in Modelling Choc
  • Scribble on Candy Buttons

The chocolate and oil based edibles have a greasy layer that stops the ink setting so it just doesn’t work as well.

See our full collection of Edible Pens on our website.

Edible Pens

Things to Know

  • They are 100% Edible
  • They are Vegetarian Friendly
  • They have to nibs..one thick, one thin

Edible Pens by Rainbow Dust Ltd