Airbrushes are a wonderful way to add detail to your cake decorating.
Airbrushes allow for a more delicate and controlled application of paint than a brush and is a great way to add details and shadows in your cakes.
I’ve put together a list of the 10 best airbrush for cake decorating and the best part is, all of them are under $200.
Can you use any airbrush for cake decorating?
Yes. Although some people use specific brands of airbrushes, such as the Badger Company, for cake decorating or pastry work, any airbrush can be used as long as it has a minimum flow rate of about 1/32 (25ml) liter per minute and a medium to fine spray pattern. The cheaper the better since they have a tendency to clog up with cake batter. Remember that airbrush tips should also be washed after each use and dried properly to prevent corrosion from sugar icing drying on them.
Can you airbrush a buttercream cake?
Yes, but you will need to cover the cake in a “crumb coat” (a thin layer) of buttercream before airbrushing.
You can use an airbrush for this; it is not difficult at all! You basically just need to do a crumb-coat before you airbrush the colors on. The best way to do this is by using buttercream frosting so that when it dries, there are no sharp edges or bits left behind. Once you have your crumb-coat on, set your cake somewhere cool out of direct sunlight for about 30 minutes so that the buttercream can firm up enough to provide a good surface for painting with whipped cream cheese frosting.
It’s no secret that I LOVE cake decorating. And I think that’s probably because I’ve been doing it for so long. So I’ve been trying to branch out and explore other cake decorating techniques and tools.
I’ve found that an airbrush is a great way to add texture to a cake. You just need the right airbrush and the right technique to make it work.