Recently a friend of ours asked me to make a birthday cake for their little girl’s tie-dye themed birthday party. The father has been so helpful to us with our home remodel (he’s a contractor) and so generous with tools, etc. that I decided to do it for free. I’m definitely glad someone didn’t pay me for this cake. It’s passable, but it’s just not one that I finished and was really happy with. It’s just kind of “okay.”
I used the Wilton Color Mist Spray to get the look, but they just aren’t as rich of a color as the airbrush system I used when I worked at the bakery. I had never used the Wilton sprays before, and while they aren’t as good as the several hundred dollar system, they are a good alternative for home bakers. I was happy with all the colors except for the red, but red is a difficult color to achieve in icing coloring alone.
To give it a more authentic tie-dyed look, I made an asterisk pattern out of yarn to make sure there were some white spots. It worked fairly well, but the yarn blew around some from the force of the spray, so it didn’t give me as stark of a white as I was hoping for. Also, by the time I got the message and a few flowers on a 10-inch cake, it pretty much covered up the design part of the tie dye.
Still, it could be much worse, and I think the birthday girl will be happy with it, which is what really counts. I did add some edible glitter to the top of the cake over the message and flowers, and I’ve always thought that sparks a cake up like nothing else will. I never used it until I worked at the bakery, and they used it on top of every message and flower cluster. It gives it an extra special touch (and helps distract from anything that may or may not be a bit unsightly!).