Congratulations – you’re so close to finishing your Moody Blues Airbrush cake from the The Airbrush Company now! Here we look at the last steps in creating your edible masterpiece – airbrushing the dragonflies and butterflies.
Starting with the dragonflies, add a few drops of Metallic Silver
to the airbrush and spray over the entire dragonfly – not forgetting the underneath. Spray through some airbrush cleaner
Add blue to the airbrush, position very close to the dragonfly and spray over the centre body, moving out slightly onto the wings – leave the tips of the wings silver. Spray some dragonflies lighter and some darker.
Tip: The dragonflies and butterflies should vary in shade from light to dark so when positioned on the cake they match the Ombré fade e.g. darker blue dragonflies/butterflies at the bottom of the cake, fading to lighter blue dragonflies/butterflies at the top.
Change colours to blue/violet (mixed 50:50) and spray over just the body to deepen the colour, leaving some of the lighter blue showing and the tips of the wings in silver.
On the darkest dragonflies only (the ones that will be placed towards the bottom of the cake), touch in with Black
just over the body to give a more realistic effect.
Repeat the last 2 steps for the butterflies (leaving out the first step of spraying them silver. Only the dragonflies need a metallic sparkle). Again, spray some lighter and some darker.
Attach the dragonflies and butterflies covering one side of the cake with edible glue. Stick the darker dragonflies/butterflies towards the bottom of the cake fading to lighter blue dragonflies/butterflies at the top.
Tip: I found it’s best to apply the glue to the butterflies/dragonflies and leave for 5 minutes before attaching to the cake. You will need to hold each in place for a few seconds so it adheres to the cake.
Finish by adding one tiny light blue butterfly on top of the rose as if it’s landed there.
Look back at part one and part two.
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