Since I got into the competitive cake world in 2010, I have been amazed at the technological advances that have been made in edible art. A wide variety of new, mind-blowing products have been …
Since I got into the competitive cake world in 2010, I have been amazed at the technological advances that have been made in edible art. A wide variety of new, mind-blowing products have been produced by research-and-development departments across the planet.
I’m lucky because I’m friendly with a lot of these folks. And when they come up with something new, they often send it to me for a test drive. The fact that we’re all basically stuck indoors these days has given me the time I need to experiment, and it has resulted in some beautiful artistic ideas that I can pass on to you.
Hence, this edible elephant.
Deborah Coughlin, my friend over at Icing Images, recently got me into SmArt Sheets (yes, that’s how it’s spelled)—a sugar-based edible paper that can be painted so it looks like fabric. Playing around with a SmArt Sheet and a set of Sterling Pearl Edible Paints—courtesy of the Sugar Art—I came up with a kind of psychedelic elephant that can make for a fun family project.
Of course, you’re free to choose whatever materials you’d like to work with. Draw and paint whatever picture you’d like! The techniques you’ll find in this tutorial can be applied tos almost any painting project, edible or otherwise. But if you’re a purest and want to do what I do, the supplies for the edible elephant can be ordered online here:
Oh, don’t worry if you fall in love with your project and decide against eating it; SmArt Sheets can last up to two years!
SmArt Sheet edible paper (Icing Images)
Sterling Pearl edible colors (The Sugar Art)
small and medium-sized brushes
pallet to mix paint on
water to clean brushes in between
Sketch elephant or print using edible printer
Paint your elephant by diluting the powder colors with lemon extract:True Blue, Pastel Blue, Baby Blue, Yummy Berry, Mother of Pearl, and Black
Start to add some detail to your elephant
Dust in shadows on your elephant
Start to paint in background: Golden Halo, Orange, Green, Soft Green, and Mother of Pearl
Use colors that complement the elephant so your background will pop!
Add all your finishing touches
Kim M. Simons is an award-winning artist, cake artist and food artist. She and her teammates—the Bah Hum Bakers—are the reigning champions of Food Network’s “Holiday Wars.” Kim has also recently published a cookbook of gluten-free recipes, “Get All Cook-y With Kim,” which is available on Amazon.com. Visit Kim’s website: www.cakesbykimsimons.com.