Pink Velvet Cake with Buttercream and Fondant!
I needed to make a watermelon CAKE. The idea has been on my bucket list for a long time, and when a lot of my fans on YouTube started asking for it, the decision was made! It is actually relatively easy on the novelty cake scale of difficulty. I made a pink vanilla cake with matching pink Italian Meringue Buttercream. Chocolate chips made the perfect seeds! And I painted my white fondant to get the rind and skin to look just right. And who doesnt like watermelon? Dont tell me - I dont want to know them.
*Your chocolate chips will sink to the bottom of your batter while baking, and thats ok, dont sweat it!*
**Cake Tips: Using food colouring is not an exact science (I wish!). The more you work with it you will find that different brands saturate in different ways. Also, colour affects different mediums in different ways. Even if you add the exact same food colouring to cake batter, fondant, buttercream, royal icing, modeling chocolate, etc. you will find that the colours do not match. This is because all of those mediums have a different base colour, so therefore they dont turn out the same result. Be patient, and take your time. Learning the colour wheel helps too. Sometimes, you may want to dull a colour down a bit, and adding in the opposite colour on the colour wheel can do this! You must learn to trust yourself and experiment. It is a BIG part of cake decorating.
I painted my watermelon cake in stages, letting it rest for about half an hour in between. Painting fondant can be tricky because the sugars are dissolving. If you brush too much in one area, it will begin to remove the colour. So take your time. Rest in between, and keep playing with the colour until you feel it matches your model. You can even test your paint on a spare piece of white fondant to see how it will turn out I highly recommend this!**