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Hand-painted leopard print on a fondant cake

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

My eldest niece recently turned 14 and I wanted to give her a cake that was super cool, like her. I was thrilled to discover the joy of hand-painting a cake and now I think I’m hooked. I never developed much skill with a paintbrush since the days of kindergarten so I was surprised to find how easily I achieved a pretty design. Yay! And for this particular cake, painting was faster decorating technique than making fondant decorations. Double yay!

I really couldn’t have done this without this YouTube video How To Hand-Paint Leopard Print On a Cake. Subscribe to Laura’s channel and give her video a thumbs up if you, too, find it helpful and inspirational.

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Here’s how to paint leopard print on fondant:

  • In separate shallow bowls, dilute black and brown food colouring with vodka. Nope, you won’t have a bunch of drunk kids at the party — the alcohol evaporates by the time the food colouring dries.
  • With a brush, paint a small brown oval onto your cake.
  • Use another brush to outline the brown spots with some black food colouring. I used the brush with the widest bristles in my Wilton brush set. You can paint all around the brown spot with an O shape. You can paint ¾ of the way around the brown spot to make a C shape. And you can paint two disconnected arches to form brackets/parentheses around the spot.
  • For an imperfectly perfect leopard print, mix up your spot sizes (small, medium, large) and use short, tapping/dabbing motions for fuzzy, ragged edges. Fill in sparse areas with black spots.

Can’t quite picture what I mean? Here’s a gif to show you the way.

painted-leopard-spot-gif

 

Photo by Jennifer Melo

Photo by Jennifer Melo

I wrapped my gift box cake with a fondant ribbon and bow, added a fondant gift tag after writing my niece’s name on it with a black food-colouring pen and ta da! We’re done.

What do you think of my leopard-print cake?

7 Comments on Hand-painted leopard print on a fondant cake

  1. pia
    September 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I think your cake is amazzzźzzzzing. Your picture has helped me. Cant wait to make my sisters 50th leopard print cake

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    • Jen Melo
      September 25, 2014 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Pia. Hope your sister’s cake turns out amazing too. 🙂

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  2. pia
    September 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Just wanted to know diluting the black and brown with vodka or rejuventor fluid together , will that make it slightly brown? Or could i go straight into using the brown colour. Any suggestions

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    • Jen Melo
      September 25, 2014 at 8:14 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Pia. I kept the black and brown food colouring in separate shallow dishes and I used one brush for each to avoid contaminating colours. I hope I understood your question correctly but please let me know if I missed something. Best of luck to you as you work on your cake.

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  3. pia
    September 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi jen, thanks for your reply. do you know if mixing the brown with the vodka, makes the brown colour lighter? I have been praticing, but my brown colour is darker, and your picture of the brown is lighter. Which is
    the look that i want to achieve. Thanks

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    • Jen Melo
      September 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Ah, yes. The vodka thins the food colouring so it’s definitely lighter in colour when you apply it. I recommend testing your results on a scrap piece of fondant before applying it to your finished cake. In the second photo on my post, you can see how dark the brown looks like in the dish before I applied it to the cake. I used very little vodka with the black to keep the colour darker and I think I had to add more black food colouring and go over a few spots a couple of times to deepen the black. Hope this helps!

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  4. pia
    September 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh thank you so much, you have helped me alot. I have been practising on scrap fondant. Lol. Cant wait to see my sisters face when i show her my masterpiece cake. ( she is leopard print mad )

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