Watercolour cakes

These watercolour cakes look more like works of art!

And here's how you can make one yourself

By Charlotte Brouwer, 03 October 2016
These watercolour cakes look more like works of art!

The latest cake trend taking over our Pinterest and Instagram feeds (following metallic wedding cakes and geometric cakes) are watercolour painted cakes.

These artistic cakes look more like three dimensional watercolour paintings, as the icing is painted on with a brush or sponge to create different patterns and effects.

Painted with a soft ombre effect or with more bold and vibrant brushstrokes, watercolour cakes come in many different styles.

Paired with edible gold leaf or even fresh flowers, they look more like works of art!

Although there are many different methods to achieving this watercolour effect,  they can be surprisingly easy to make at home.

All you need is a little food colouring to mix in with buttercream icing and you can get painting!

Another way to achieve the look is by using fondant icing, and then literally dipping a paintbrush or sponge into the food colouring and use it as a watercolour paint!

When your cake is a blank canvas, there’s no limit to how you can decorate it.

From understated subtle ombre, to vibrant Jackson Pollock splashes or pretty polka dots, or even Monet or van Gogh inspired designs, it’s easy to see how these colourful cakes have become increasingly popular for weddings and other celebrations.

Feel inspired? Get creative with one of our show-stopping cake recipes! Find everything you need in our bake shop.