I have a special Thanksgiving themed double feature today! Earlier this month, I was at the Ultimate Sugar Show in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, I attended a demo by the amazing Timbo Sullivan. Timbo was teaching airbrushing techniques. The cake he was airbrushing was this gorgeous How The Grinch Stole Thanksgiving Cake.
This cake is based on a cake that he and Sarah Myers from High Five Cakes made for Food Network’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Cake Spectacular. That awesome cake is the second feature in today’s double feature and is a little further down in this post.
All of the pictures featured in today’s post come from Timbo Sullivan’s Instagram account.
Here is the Grinch just before Timbo began airbrushing it. If they flipped the iPhone around, you’d see my smiling face.
I learned a bunch of things at Timbo’s demo
Use light colors first and then darker colors.
Don’t cross the streams. You want to be really careful when airbrushing that you don’t cross over an area that you’ve already airbrushed because it will make it darker. Done intentionally, it can be really handy to make darker areas or lines, but done unintentionally, it can lead to dark areas that are hard to fix.
If you have an area that has lines or crevices in it such as the Grinch’s eyes, mouth, or eyebrows, hand paint the tough to reach areas lightly first. Then airbrush them. Otherwise, you’ll have to airbrush extra to fill in the crevices and everything will turn out darker than you wanted.
Stop before you get to the color you want. As the dye soaks into the fondant, it gets darker.
The last one is hard to explain without seeing it. When airbrushing, Timbo is all about being super delicate. He uses a fairly mild compressors, don’t uses any complicated airbrush tips, and he constantly flipping the brush’s on/off switch so that he doesn’t get too much dye at one time.
If you ever get a chance to see a demo by Timbo Sullivan, don’t skip it. I learned so much at his demo.
Hope you had a chance to get to some yummy treats during the Intermission because their have been reports of someone stealing all the yummy food he can find.
It looks like that someone is the Grinch!
He does not look pleased to have been caught.
This is the marvelous cake I mentioned above that was made by Timbo Sullivan and Sarah Myers for Food Network’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Cake Spectacular.
Here is Timbo with the cake.
Check out these Grinch Cakes and Cookies. They’re the grinchiest.