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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to use the color wheel in cake decorating


The color wheel is often a tool that is overlooked in the cake decorating world. Whether it is being used on a cake or sugar flowers it is an essential part to the decoration process. Colors need to compliment one another and not clash. I use a pocket color wheel, which can be found in the art section of your local craft store.


With the coloring book picture above and using the color wheel I am going to briefly explain to you how the color wheel can be useful to you in all of your cake decorating projects. I hope that you take something away from this post.



In the coloring book picture above I used every other color on the color wheel starting with red. So with that being said I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. I used primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and secondary colors (orange, green, and violet). Another way of saying it would be that I used warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and cool colors (blue, green, violet). These color theories are all explained in the front of the color wheel.



The back of the color wheel has different tones, tints, and shades of the main colors. For instance you can say that in the coloring book drawing that I used red and a tint of red, which is pink. You can also say that I used green and a tint of green, which is light green on the leaves. The back of the color wheel also explains the different color schemes.


Each color used is also directly across from another color used in the color wheel. These are call complimentary colors. For example red and directly across from green.


I hope that this short blog post on the color wheel in cake decorating taught you a little something and interested you in learning more about the color wheel.


For more information on how to use the color wheel refer to the YouTube videos below. The YouTube users, Start2finishMUA and TalkinMakeUp, explain everything in detail.






I hope that you all are having a great week and that you found this blog post helpful.


Savor the Baking,




  1. Hey thanks!! I really needed that!! Now I'm going to buy myself a colorwheel and use it for cake decorating!!! really helpful post. God bless you.

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