For my nephew’s 12th birthday, he asked for a Beatles cake – as in, The Beatles! When I took a good look at the band’s logo, I consulted my expert cake decorator (thanks, Cora!), and we decided that Color Flow would be the best option. Color Flow is used to make detailed icing decorations you let dry and harden before positioning on your cake, pie or cookies. I’ve done Color Flow in classes and seminars, but this was my first real cake with Color Flow pieces. I’m happy to report that, by following the directions to the letter, it was a complete success!
A few days before I was to decorate the cake, I prepared my Color Flow decorations. I started by taping my patterns to cake boards and covering them with wax paper. I also prepared two parchment bags, one with a Tip #2, another without a tip. I then followed the recipe included with the Color Flow container and made one batch of full strength Color Flow. I added a full 1 oz. jar of Black Icing Color to get a nice dark color for my logo.
First, I used full strength Color Flow and the bag with the #2 Tip to outline the logo. While that was drying, I continued with the full strength icing and made mini music note decorations. By the time I finished, my outline was set. To thin the icing for the flow in, I added a little bit of water at a time until it took a full 10-count for a dollop of Color Flow to sink back into the bowl. Using the tipless bag, I filled in the outline, then let everything dry for two days.
Time to put the cake together! The cake itself was a 9×13 sheet with an 8″ round on top, where I planned to create the logo. I iced everything in white using Wilton Decorator Icing (it’s all I use!), then used a Black Icing Tube to create the drum border. To keep the letters in the logo together, I used a sharp blade to cut out the wax paper around the logo – this allowed me to place the wax paper right onto the icing with the letters in exactly the right place. I finished up the cake with some writing, a few red embellishments, a border and the little music notes, and Jacob’s birthday cake was ready! I had enough cake batter to make a dozen cupcakes as well, so I used the extra music notes as icing decorations and sprinkled on some Rainbow Sparkling Sugars to jazz them up.
I can’t believe I’ve never experimented with Color Flow before. It was easy to make, easy to use, and helped me create exactly what I needed for this special project. Jacob loved his cake, and I am once again Auntie of the Year – at least until next year!