Cake Airbrush Decorating Ideas

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Cake Airbrush Decorating Ideas
Wedding cakes can be airbrsuhed with a shimmery coating to make the cake look sparkly. (cake image by cherie from

Cake decorating has many techniques and styles that can be used to create a perfect cake for any occasion. Airbrushing is a technique that uses compressed air and food-safe coloured paints to create a pictures or add background colour to a frosted cake. This technique works best if you practice beforehand, and create an outline on your cake of what you want so you know which colours go where.

Background Color

Airbrushing is an excellent way to create a background colour for your cake or cupcakes before you decorate it. A beach scene can be depicted on a cake by first airbrushing the sand and the waves, and then adding fondant beach balls and beach chairs on top. A football field can be easily airbrushed onto a rectangle cake and embellished with plastic cake decorations like a football and a few players. Cupcakes can be airbrushed one colour, and then sprinkles and nonpareils can be dusted on top.


Entire scenes can be airbrushed onto a cake if you have a steady hand. Keep details to a minimum unless you have a lot of patience. A night sky with fireworks can be airbrushed onto any shaped cake. A winter scene looks almost real when airbrushed on, because the paint gives the frosting a snowy look. Jungle scenes, fall leaves and even a tie-dye design can be created using an airbrush and a stencil.


Lettering can be done using the airbrush technique. One idea that looks cool with an airbrush is graffiti-style lettering. Using a grey base colour and adding red, blue and purple chunky graffiti letters gives the graffiti an authentic look. Balloon letters and bubble letters spelling out a message or someone's name is also an easy idea to use with airbrushing.

Characters, People and Animals

The possibilities are endless for airbrushing designs onto a cake. Pick your child's favourite character or animal and sketch it onto a cake. Some unique ideas include monsters, aliens, ladybirds, ballerinas, superheroes and teddy bears. Some popular characters are Big Bird, Barbie, SpongeBob, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Fill it in with airbrushed food-safe paint and your cake will look professionally made. Airbrush the likeness of someone you love onto your cake using a photo as a guide. You can even create a caricature of him, and make him look like a cartoon character.

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