I love ombré. There. I said it. I’m not even the slightest bit sick of it even though it seems to be everywhere. But I’m particularly enchanted with dip-dyed silk ombré, like this dress by Gypsy 05.
For my fourth DIY for Project Wedding, I wanted to create a cake inspired by the dip-dyed look, but because fondant is so sensitive to liquid, dipping it really wasn’t an option. Instead, we painted it using varied shades of food color. Here’s the how-to.
1. What you’ll need:
~approximately 1 ounce fondant
~square cookie cutter
~round cookie cutter
~letter cutters or (xacto knife if hand-cutting letters)
~flat, food-use only paintbrush
~two colors paste food coloring with increasing amounts of white food color added to achieve three shades of each (light, medium, dark) plus additional white food color. (Can also be done with several shades of a single color.)
~fondant board or mat
2. Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.
3. Cut fondant into a square about 3″ x 3″.
4. Use round cutter on corners.
5. Mix food coloring.
6. Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.
7. Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.
8. After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout. Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.