Airbrush. Scary word when starting out cake decorating! However, they are by far the best way I’ve found for creating realistic looking sculpted cakes, and the best way to avoid using black icing at all costs! Even the black wedding cake in my gallery started off life completely white until I got my airbrush out!
Airbrush number one
My first airbrush purchase was in 2012 at Cake International, a great place to try out different tools and I had spent a long time trying different airbrush machines. Quite quickly I was completely won over by a Dinkydoodle airbrush, and I couldn’t resist buying a huge range of Dinkydoodle paints to go with it. Not only do they cover fondant, but they also work on chocolate too.
As you can tell by the very faded cover, this airbrush has been very well used!
The Dinkydoodle airbrush is a great beginner cake airbrush. The simplicity of having just an on and off button means that you can concentrate on airbrushing the cake just by controlling the amount of paint that is released from the gun.
Dinkydodle Airbrush Specification
- Single action airbrush
- 30 PSI power
- Touch Activated on / off button
- Wipe clean cover
- 2 year Compressor Warranty
- Airbrush gun holder
- 0.3 needle and a 3CC cup
Airbrush number two
Last year a Clairella airbrush joined my toolkit (a girl can never have enough airbrushes!) and it has been used so much already, I’m not quite sure what I did before it.
Clairella Airbrush Specification:
- Single action airbrush
- Push button control 5 mode settings
- 2cc colour cup
- Wipe clean
- 2 airbrush holders
- 2m easy screw top release hose
- 12 month warranty
As you can see, their specifications are quite similar, the main difference between them is the extra modes on the Clairella, and the slightly larger cup on the Dinkydoodle.
So, there are two main parts of the airbrush, the compressor and the gun. The compressor pumps air through the gun.
The airbrush gun has a needle that is attached to the trigger. When you pull the trigger back, the needle lets out paint from the cup, the further back you pull, the more paint is released. Pretty simple really, but can be a little tricky to control and definitely takes practice! Again, this is the same on both airbrush machines.
The best way to get a feel for the airbrush is to experiment with it, start off with spraying kitchen towel or paper to get a feel for the trigger, then move on to working on a cake. On full speed both airbrush machines cover a cake with the same amount of paint, the Clairella airbrush gives a finer line of paint on a lower speed so is perfect for drawing finer detail or shading.
Cleaning both machines is the same, I just use water and run it through the airbrush until all the paint is removed, then take the needle out of the gun and wipe clean. This is especially important when using pearl or sparkly airbrush paints as the tiny particles can clog up the airbrush.
The amount of detail and depth of colour an airbrush can give your cake is a real step up above the effects that can be achieved with just coloured icing and if you’re considering purchasing one I’d definitely recommend both of these airbrush machines.
So there you have it, both of my favourite airbrush machines, inside and out!