How to Paint Denim Effect on Cake

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Just recently, a repeat client of ours sent us what cake she wanted to order for her son's first birthday. We love it way too much when our clients get creative but of course, we also throw in our suggestions to make it look even better. 

A three tier cake with the top layer being a cupcake "cake" design, the second would be a "chalk art" style with her son's name written in script with a chevron border. And finally, the denim textured cake. At first, I was thinking about covering the cake with a navy blue fondant and simply put "stitches" on the pockets to make it look like jeans. Fortunately, while doing my research, I was able to find a way how to make it look even more realistic with paint.

Here's what you'll need
1. Gel Paste Coloring
Royal Blue Americolor Gel Paste
Navy Blue Americolor Gel Paste
(I use this brand because it does not darken/change it shade as much once the fondant has set/hardened and also, another great thing about it is that it doesn't change the consistency of your fondant. Compared to the other brands that make your fondant so soft and sticky after kneading)
2. Lemon Extract
I prefer using this rather than vodka because it gives an extra lemony flavor that pairs well with the fondant
(If you are using Americolor Airbrush Paint, there is no need for this unless you want to lighten the shade)
3. Fan brush (Nylon always, you don't want those animal hair brushes in contact with your cake now, right?)
4. Super Light Blue Fondant Covered Cake

Let's get started!

1. Mix the Royal Blue gel paste with a BIT of lemon extract. Do not put too much or else you'll end up having large, light, and watery strokes on your cake.

2. Make vertical strokes on your cake. The thinner the strokes are, the better. Please forgive my excitement as I ended up making some thick ones. The spaces are okay, there will be a few more coats afterwards.

3. Once you are finished with the vertical strokes (including the top), make horizontal ones.

4. Let it dry a bit. Once you think that it has absorbed the paint. Start the darker strokes using the Navy Blue Gel paste (mixed with lemon extract) this time. Do the same strokes earlier until you are satisfied with the denim look.

You may also add streaks that are close to the color black (navy blue gel paste with decreased amount of extract). Make sure that you leave out some lighter parts so you won't lose the denim effect.

Here the finished cake!