Paint your Bake: Get Creative with Edible Paints

Getting your children involved in your baking process can be hard. They want to join in, and you want to spend that quality time with them, but we all know that baking is an art. Of course, you can hand them a spoon to get stirring, but often a good whisk is better. You might give them the job of adding the ingredients, but if you haven’t already measured each out, this can be a disaster.

So, what if we told you there was a simple way you and your children could enjoy creating edible masterpieces together with no fuss or mess?

3 Ways to Paint your Bakes

Welcome to the world of edible paints! Your way to enjoy total freedom of decorating your baked goods, as perfect or as amateur as you like.

If you’re looking for a way to get started with edible paints, we have listed our favourite options to help you choose. However, you can find various food colourings online at Cake Craft Company, which ensures the perfect option to achieve your desired result.

1. Edible Paints

Our favourite option for painting your baked goods is edible paints, which work just like actual paints that are applied simply with the stroke of a brush. In our collection, you can browse single colours to find the perfect tone to bring your design to life or explore a range of edible paint palettes on offer that includes a whole colour scheme.

For little ones, edible paints are also a great way to put those fingerpainting skills into action – with clean hands, of course! You can leave your kids to it and paint their masterpieces without worrying about finding a space on the fridge and a spare magnet for their latest creation. Instead, you can enjoy the baked goods together, either decorated to perfection or finished with a few paint splatters for a delicious treat.

2. Edible Food Pens

Hand-painting your baked treats is even easier with a collection of edible food pens. From fine tips that are perfect for adding little details to chunky pens ideal for little hands, you can find options to suit your creative vision and process. We love edible food pens as they allow total freedom for your creativity, as you don’t need to be skilled with a paintbrush or pencil to bring your art to life.

However, it should be noted that edible food pens do not work well on soft surfaces like buttercream. Like regular markers or coloured pens, edible food pens are best used on hard and flat surfaces, which is why we love them for use on plain biscuits or royal icing. Remember not to use these pens on moist surfaces; we’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised by their payoff.

3. Edible Colour Sprays  

If you’re looking for a way to easily add colour to a cake that offers a smooth finish and shine, then edible colour sprays might be the option for you. Perfect for beginners, edible colour sprays require no preparation. Simply shake before use and let the food colour spray blanket your creation in your chosen shade.

You can also control how dense or concentrated your colour payoff is by how close or far away you hold the spray to achieve your desired result. Hold the spray between 10cm and 20cm away from the bake and spray in short and gentle bursts for an even finish.

4 Creative Ideas for Edible Paints

If you’re excited to get started with edible paints and colours, here are four creative ideas you can implement into your next bakes. But remember, edible paints are versatile, and you can unleash your creativity to make something unique for all occasions.

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1. Chalkboard Look

We love the traditional style of black chalkboards throughout the venue for weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions. From welcome signs to seating charts and menus, chalkboards are the perfect way to incorporate custom designs in a style that suits your special day.

So, why not incorporate this traditional aesthetic into the desserts at your event too? Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting adding actual chalk to your cake-decorating routine. Instead, you can find edible food pens in white chalk effects available at the Cake Craft Company. These pens are ideal for use on black royal icing or other darker colours to add swirling borders, details and fonts.

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2. Detailed Patterns

Edible food paints are ideal for creating intricate patterns and details that you can’t rely on a stamp or stencil to achieve. Especially on smaller surface areas like cupcakes and cake pops, as you can use finer brushes and pens to add small strokes and details.

For quick and simple treats guests will love, we recommend cake pops to display at your party, as you can theme them to all decor styles and aesthetics. From children’s characters to colour schemes and more special interests, cake pops don’t have to be exact and perfect to look good.

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3. Floral Masterpieces

Another great way to incorporate edible paints into your bakes is by creating floral masterpieces. The paints allow you to mix and blend colours to create the perfect shades and tones. This art on the side of a celebration cake is the ultimate show-stopper that is sure to get guests talking.

You can also make your flowers as simple or detailed as you like and choose a wide range of styles and types to suit your event and aesthetic. The options are endless, from simple daisies for spring to bright and bold hibiscus flowers for a summer bash.

4. Customise Cookies with Names

Take it back to basics by decorating royal iced biscuits with personalised names or dates using edible paint pens. This idea allows you to get thrifty and save money when it comes to creating party favours, as you can bake your own cookies simply enough, choose ready-to-roll icing and finish each design with your own special design or method.

Decorating iced sugar cookies with edible paint pens is also a fantastic option for younger bakers keen to get started decorating their bakes. Other family members will love receiving a hand-decorated biscuit from the children in the family. You can also pop them into children’s party bags for their classmates to enjoy the personalised touch.

Simple Sugar Cookie Recipe

Suppose you’re unsure where to start when trying your new edible paints or pens. In that case, we recommend trying your hand at decorating sugar cookies. Here is a simple recipe that takes no time to perfect, and then simply choose a ready-to-roll icing that suits your design idea. You should also choose cookie cutters in your desired shape for both the biscuits and rolled icing to make the whole process smooth.

Once baked and iced, you can add decoration and perfect your artistic skills!

You Will Need:

This recipe creates 50 cookies. Ensure you have the following ingredients ready and measured before you begin.

  • 200g Unsalted Butter
  • 200g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 2 Medium Free-Range Eggs
  • 330g Plain Flour (Plus Extra for Dusting)
  • 60g Cornflour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or Paste

Sugar Cookies in 10 Simple Steps:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180˚C/fan 160˚C/Gas 4.
  2. Line two flat pans with baking sheets.
  3. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric whisk until light, fluffy and pale.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Pour in the flour and a pinch of salt and mix slowly until the dough comes together.
  6. Split the dough in half and cover each with cling film. Place in the fridge to firm up for 45 minutes.
  7. Roll the firmed dough onto a well-floured surface to 1cm thick.
  8. Cut into shapes using your cutters and place them on the lined baking tray. Bring the dough back together and repeat the process to ensure no waste.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden at the edges, and then allow to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Once cool, add your royal icing by adding a small amount of warm water to the underside and placing firmly on each biscuit.

Shop Edible Paints at Cake Craft Company

Are you inspired to take your artistic skills to the next level? Get started with edible paints and pens from our collection at Cake Craft Company.

We are pleased to offer a wide collection of food colourings that ensures you find the technique and product range that best suits your preferred methods and results. From simple food colour paints and pens that allow you to add intricate details to airbrush and powdered colours, we have options to suit every experience level.


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