How to Airbrush a Cake Without Airbrush Tools

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Add an airbrushed design to your homemade cakes without investing in any expensive equipment. You can use food colour sprays and stencils to mimic the effects of airbrush tools and create professional looking cakes even if you're a novice cake decorator. Look for these sprays on the baking aisle of most grocery stores near the cupcake liners and liquid food colouring.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cake board
  • Newspaper
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Stencil
  • Food colour spray

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  1. 1

    Place a cooled cake on a cake board and set it on a table or counter top covered with newspaper. This will protect the surface from over-spray while you airbrush.

  2. 2

    Cover the cake with buttercream frosting, creating a blank canvas for your airbrush effects.

  3. 3

    Wait for the frosting to set and harden. This should happen within one hour.

  4. 4

    Place a clean stencil on the cake. Use a cake stencil or any stencil that fits on the cake.

  5. 5

    Hold a can of food colour spray upright and tilt it toward the cake at a 45-degree angle. Press the trigger on the can to release the spray onto the cake. Move the can back and forth as you spray to apply an even layer of colour.

  6. 6

    Remove the stencil from the cake to reveal your airbrushed pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use food colour spray to create freehand designs on a cake. Spray stripes of alternating colours to design a rainbow cake or use the food colour to draw a picture if you are artistically inclined.

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