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ART FUNDAMENTALS FOR CAKE DECORATORS

UNDERSTANDING ART FUNDAMENTALS IN CAKE DESIGN

We’ve all seen them – those amazing cakes that make you say ‘Wow! That’s incredible!’ or ‘How talented!’. As bakers and cake decorators, we hope for those reactions for our own cakes. Art fundamentals are used by artists around the world – and cake artists are no exception. Knowing the universal elements and principles of art can help to elevate your designs to a new level.

Art Fundamentals
Painted Girl by Shawna McGreevy, McGreevy Cakes

Ok, I hear you say – I’m not that talented…I can’t draw or paint…especially on a cake! Well guess what, YES you are and YES you can!

Being ‘talented’ is nothing more than having the skill to do something well. ANYONE can learn drawing, painting and design skills with patience, desire and willingness to learn. Don’t sell yourself short and give it a try!

How does knowing Art Fundamentals improve Cake Design?

Most people don’t actually think about WHY they like or dislike a cake design. And why do some cakes have that WOW factor, while others don’t? What is it about the design that you love? What part of the design just doesn’t look right? Can you describe it?

As bakers, we are most often dealing with client requests. And more often, the client already knows what they want. The client may send you a photo of a design they want replicated. Or you might get lucky if they say ‘The design is up to you!’. Either way, if you need to replicate another cake, or have the freedom to create your own masterpiece, your piece can be original and unique.

Here’s where this site come in!

Creativity and artistic skill doesn’t come naturally to all of us. In fact, many of us seek information, such as online articles, tutorials and classes, to help find what we need. There are literally tens of thousands of websites for art instruction. Just google ‘how to paint’ and you’ll see! However, I wasn’t able to find many ‘art’ websites specializing in cake design. So, I thought I’ll start a blog!

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South African Wedding Cake by Calli Hopper, Calli Creations

 

The purpose of this site is to offer various art techniques and theories found in traditional art and how to apply to your cake projects. Whether it’s a simple pattern, a challenging complex painting, or choosing different elements for your design – each skill will help you learn and grow.

Take the time to explore new tools and techniques to broaden your cake decorating skills and have fun doing it!

 

Continue learning: 

7 IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF ART FOR CAKE DECORATING

7 PRINCIPLES OF ART TO IMPROVE YOUR CAKE DESIGN