That being said, today I entered a new realm of cake making and you all are coming along for the ride. After a year of wanting it, I finally got an airbrush gun with a compressor. Now I can start painting cakes. This will, theoretically, open up a whole new world of opportunity for me...from painting details like this runway cake, to giving my cakes a final shimmer. And I'm having so much fun with my new toy. If any of you have any tips, feel free to comment. I need all the help I can get. :-)
This particular cake was a birthday cake for a friend who is just about to get his private pilots license. They had a toy plane they wanted to use on top of the cake, so they just needed the runway to showcase it.
This is where I started arguing with my husband. Dan paints cars so he is all too familiar with the ins and outs of spraying and he was of the opinion that paint particles shouldn't be flying through the house while I painted (even if they are edible). So he devised a plan to make a cake spray booth for my work. I'm not kidding here, the man is meticulous. The thing would have a filter and a fan...the whole shebang! In the end, I told him I would cover my mouth and nose with a cloth...and then forgot to.
I also learned from how to videos to keep a bowl and warm water by me for cleaning out the gun when I am switching colors or taking a break from spraying. Leaving paint in the gun is a big no no.
And here is where I fly by the seat of my pants. I thought it would be a good idea to paint the corners first then fill in the black. I now know, however, that it works better to start with the darkest colors and then add the lighter colors. I ended up bleeding into the green and black bleeding into green shows up, whereas if it had been green in black, it wouldn't have.
I wanted to spray only the top of the cake, so while I sprayed I aimed away from me and tried to keep the spray flowing off the back side of the cake. I still got a little over spray on the sides of the cake...not quite sure how to avoid that in the future. Ideas?
Overall though, I was pretty happy with this first attempt.