Edible Painting for Cakes – Year of the Rooster


Year of the Rooster

Edible painting on cakes and cake toppers is not all that difficult, but it does take some practice (and a lot of patience 😜). However, the results are definitely worth the effort. 

You may be wondering why on earth I would paint a rooster… It just so happens that I have some friends who celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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A stamp for the upcoming Chinese Year of Rooster by Chinese artist Han Meilin [China Daily – www.chinadaily.com.cn]
When I decided to make
them a little cake for their celebration, I did a little research and found out that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

Because I didn’t want to settle for just any old rooster,
I searched the googly-world-wide-web until I found exactly what I wanted…

Not too boring, not too crazy… this little rooster is JUST RIGHT!!!


Just like cakes, roosters come in many shapes, sizes and colors. But that is where the similarities end. Roosters tend to be a tad annoying. They generally make all kinds of racket with their way-too-early-in-the-morning, the-sun-isn’t-even-up-yet, please-stop-torturing-me cock-a-doodle-dooing. Guess that’s why I prefer cakes. 

You won’t find any roosters in my yard, but I did have one in my kitchen last week… 😜 And you know how I love to share my fun projects with you, so whatcha think? Would you like to see my hand-painted rooster topper!

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Look at him go! This hand-painted “Year of the Rooster” topper is a replica of a 2017 Chinese postage stamp. [original art by Han Meilin]

Seek and Ye Shall Find…

It turns out that I’m not the only one impressed with this watercolor rooster created by world-renowned artist Han Meilin… This little guy found his way onto a Chinese postage stamp. 

If you are wondering why on earth I would choose to recreate a postal stamp, let me tell you why: “Because I can!”

Hehehehe!!!! I love to say that!!!  ❤ ❤ ❤

Not sure if you are up for painting? No worries… Remember, this is FUN!!! And believe it or not, once you get into the groove, it is actually really relaxing. Besides, what have you got to lose? If you have a small paint brush and a chunk of fondant, you are halfway there. 🙂

What is Edible Paint?

There are several types of edible paint. I primarily use edible airbrush paints, but they are not necessary. Simply add vodka to your gel food coloring to thin it down for painting. Airbrush paints dry out quickly, so I only use one drop at a time. If it dries up, I use a tiny bit of vodka to bring it back to life.

Of course, if it turns out the painting isn’t quite as relaxing for you as it is for me, take a few sips (as needed) until you are letting your hair down and having a good time. 😜

I am certainly NOT a painting guru, but I really enjoy edible painting. Maybe it’s because I enjoy making art that people can eat LOL. 🙂  Or maybe it’s because the evidence of my less than stellar painting skills disappears as fast as the cake it decorates. 🙂

Let’s face it… edible art is the BEST! It’s waaaaaay better than hanging something on the wall, right? 😜

Anywhoo…. Back to my fun watercolor rooster!

Honestly… How could I NOT paint him? Just LOOK at those vibrant colors!!!! What’s not to love??? 

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Just like regular watercolors, allow plenty of drying time between colors to keep them vibrant.

Edible Painting is FUN!

I have been wanting to create a tutorial about edible painting on cakes, so I figured two birds / one stone…  errrrrrr….. I guess that should really be one bird / two purposes, but that just sounds wrong. 🙂

Are you ready to see how easy and fun edible painting can be?

No, really… It is… I promise!!! You just need to take your time. Think of it like staying inside the lines when coloring – if you take your time, the quality of your finished artwork will be much better than if you rush.

So be patient and enjoy yourself… Because it really is FUN!!! 🙂

Video Tutorial: Edible Painting for Cakes – Year of the Rooster Stamp 2017


If edible painting is not for you, but you or someone you know enjoys coloring, Americolor makes these cool edible markers

Tools and Supplies

For your convenience, I have included links to the tools and supplies I used in this tutorial. 







If you click any of these links and make a purchase, I will get a small percentage of the purchase price for being an Amazon Affiliate  – so Thank You! 🙂 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial… Edible painting is FUN!!! I would love to see the cakes and toppers you make using these techniques, so give it a try and share some pictures. 🙂

Until next time…

Loving life, having fun, and Making Memories with Custom Cakes ❤️️



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