Try this super easy paintbrush technique to create a bedazzling cake decoration

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Cake decorating is an art. Fortunately, not an art that is impossible to replicate. This beautiful, but simple, cake design is great beginners because the technique makes it a little easier to hide mistakes. The feathered flowers look elegant, and they don't take very long. You could even switch up the fondant color or the icing color for a fun twist.
Check out the instructions below and don't forget to watch Cakes StepByStep's video at the end to get a good visual on the technique.
Brush embroidery cake decorating
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Serves: 8 to 10
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1/2 cup of egg whites
1 3/4 pounds powdered sugar
1 Fondant-covered cake
For the exact look of this cake:
Peony-shaped cookie cutter
Leaf-shaped cookie cutter (small and medium)
Hawaiian-shaped flower cookie cutters
1. Sift your powdered sugar into a large bowl (this helps break down the lumps better). Set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, whip your egg whites until they begin to foam. Add your lemon juice and continue mixing on maximum speed until the eggs are a whipped foam.
3. Lower your mixing speed to medium. Spoon your powdered sugar into the egg and lemon juice mixture a little bit at a time, until all of your sugar is incorporated.
4. Turn your mixer up to maximum speed and let the frosting whip for about 10 minutes or until the frosting forms stiff peaks.
5. Press your Peony cookie cutter (or whatever cookie cutter shape you prefer) into the fondant so that you can see an outline of the flower.
6. Attach a #2 frosting tip to your piping bag and fill it with frosting. Trace the outline of your flower with the white frosting.
7. Using a small paintbrush dipped in water, pull the frosting in towards the center of your flower. This should give your flower a painted feel. Make sure you start with small strokes at first and adjust as needed.
8. Press your small Hawaiian flower cutter into the center of your Peony. Repeat step 7.
9. Use the rest of your cookie cutters to create leaves around the edges of your flowers and to finish the pattern around the rest of your cake. Trace and pull the frosting as you do each flower so you can better gauge new flowers as you go.
10. Don't forget to add flowers to the top of your cake too!
Pro tip: When dipping your paintbrushes in water, dab your brush on a paper towel to remove excess moisture, as too much water could cause your frosting to become runny.
Pro tip: Experiment with food coloring and different cookie cutter and shapes to achieve different looks.
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