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Well I know I have been away a bit but I am in the middle of renovating our bungalow – I had itchy fingers and needed to get ready for a British Sugar Guild demonstration I had coming up. The theme was ‘Painting on Icing’ and therefore I came up with a few different ideas to show everyone.

I created each piece on a 9 inch square board as this was a much better size to demonstrate (cheaper than a whole dummy cake)  – Look out for more of my samples over the coming days and eventually I will make them up into cakes and show them on my blog too!

Bronze and keyline painting of poppies

Bronze and keyline painting of poppies

This was my first example of what can be done painting with edible food colouring. I have been to art college and have been trying to replicate gouache paints and have therefore been experimenting with mixing different makes of colouring to achieve my desired effect. I wanted to paint with as little brush strokes showing as much as possible on the finished product and have a sharp edge. Quick drying on the cake but not in the palette was also needed – you know how the powder and vodka mix dries too quickly.

Inspiration came from all different sources of media. Firstly I had my design mapped out on watercolour paper so this could be tweaked on the actual design on icing.

The basic design was traced on to the icing and then the background colour applied leaving the desired white areas. After this had dried I used a fine art brush to trace the white poppies and then all the rest of the lines were painted freehand. This unique sample looks amazing and could easily be applied to make a spectacular multiple tiered wedding cake with petal paste white poppies on the top.

If you’d like me to decorate a cake in this style for a special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and delivers to the East Midlands area.


I was asked to create a Birthday cake for Harry who used to be a painter and decorator and is now retired. The cake is designed to reflect his past job and bring back wonderful memories.

The centre piece of the cake is the little paint decorator man in his white paint splattered overalls looking at the mess he has created.

The figure is surrounded by pots of paint and rolls of wallpaper which cover the cake in wonderful colours of pink, blue, purple, black and gold.

All this was finished off with painted gold decoration and ‘Happy Birthday Harry’ on the wallpaper.

If you’d like me to decorate a similar cake for a Birthday then please feel free to contact me for a quote. Copper Top Cakes is based in Nottingham and can deliver to the East Midlands area.

I received a birthday present earlier this year and the wrapping paper gave me an idea to decorate a cake which was inspired by the colours and shapes.

There are a variety of techniques involved in creating this cake. Firstly I sprayed aqua and white over the torquoise icing to give it different textures.

Then I applied coloured royal icing using a paintbrush. Followed by piping white flowers on it.

It was then finished off with gold and pearlescent spray.

This technique can be used in a variety of different ways, so if you’d like me to decorate a similar cake as a centre piece for your special occasion then please feel free to contact me for a quote.