Who’s ready to learn something fabulous today?!
We’re so excited to welcome Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc. back to the blog today! We know that when Robin stops by, she’s bringing us something new and innovative! And today is no exception. Not only does Robin create gorgeous cakes as the owner of Gateaux Inc., but she is the mastermind behind an entire line of cake stencils which are nothing less than brilliant and appropriately branded as the the Evil Cake Genius line. Over the last year, we’ve learned how to make gorgeous lace using a stencil and how to make amazing fondant butterflies with realistic (and yes, stenciled) details, thanks to Robin’s techniques. And today’s cake is a whole new world of fun! A skillfully hand-painted cake that is downright gorgeous and actually do-able. Even for those of us who are not natural painters (if you could see me, I’m raising my hand…. how about you?). If you love the idea of a painted cake but are intimated by the actual ‘hand-painting’ aspect, then today’s post is definitely for you! So let’s do a little swooning and then take an inside look at the creation of this amazing cake. We’re learning how to make a Stencil-Painted Rose Cake!
Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc. tells us about her design:
“We created this hand-painted wedding cake for our beautiful bride Ong, who loves the look of a classic floral pattern. We covered the bottom two tiers in an ombre of ruffles to lead the eye back up to the hand-painted tiers, and accented the entire cake with gum paste floral in matching tones. As a special touch, the bride requested that we add her beloved St. Bernard, Lincoln to the cake, so we hand-sculpted him out of chocolate paste for our usual $75.00 fee that is donated entirely to the ASPCA.”
Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc. gives us the scoop on her technique:
“We searched high and low to come up with the perfect floral pattern, and ended up creating this one based on several vintage fabric patterns. We also contacted our friends over at Mon Cottage Cupcakes for some tips on hand-painting because their hand-painted roses are little works of art. We were thrilled to see that they had a tutorial for sale, and used that as a basis for our hand-painting experimentation. Unfortunately for us, our friend Nina, over at Mon Cottage, is talented enough to free-hand her floral patterns onto her cakes, so we had to come up with another option (the Evil Cake Genius doesn’t free-hand anything…not that talented, friends!) So we traced the outline of our floral pattern, and created a Mesh Stencil.”
More from Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc. about her technique:
“The stencil was then used to transfer the floral pattern to the side of the cake tier using a mixture of Petal Dust powdered color and, of all things, cooking oil! We experimented with all sorts of edible painting media before deciding that this was the edible “paint” that allowed us to blend the outline of the stenciled pattern perfectly back into the hand-painting. It also allows for beautiful blending of colors because the oil keeps the paint from drying out for quite awhile. The combination of a perfectly stenciled outline and the slow-drying edible paint, made decorating this cake truly one of the most enjoyable decorating experiences the Evil Cake Genius has ever had. I had flashbacks to the old “Paint by Numbers” kits that I used to do when I was a kid.
For that reason, we decided to add the Classic Rose Outline Mesh Stencil in two sizes to our Evil Cake Genius site. The stencil comes with a photo tutorial for stenciling, and a step by step tip sheet for painting the cake. We even added a set of petal dusts to the site that will give decorators the exact colors we used on the painting.”
A few last thoughts from Robin Martin of Gateaux Inc.:
“As a general rule, I never reproduce a wedding cake design. Part of this is out of principle…each wedding cake should be unique to the couple for which it was created. Part of this is selfishness… once I’ve created a wedding cake, I want to move on to something different…I hate having to do the same thing over again. This cake is the only exception to this rule. I’ve found myself in active pursuit of a client who will let me paint on their cake. The process is so incredibly enjoyable. If you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out!!”
Give Robin Martin’s Stenciled Lace Cake Tutorial a try next!
You’ll love this hassle-free way of creating intricate lace details.
And definitely try Robin Martin’s Stenciled Butterfly Tutorial too.
Learn how to create these amazing fondant butterflies!
Find more cake tutorials from the pros in our DIY Section!