How do i make a checkerboard pattern from fodant?

by photogrl001

quick question if you don't mind.maybe
I'm doing a checkerboard as a whole layer of fondant icing and do not want the colors to run together. I also do not want the black squares above the white (even with each other). I would like a nice clean b/w checker board. What is the best way to accomplish this?
Someone told me airbrush,with that how would i only get black square on or how would I even do it?and won't the fondant dry out waiting for the airbrush to dry?how would i get it on the cake then??
what is better to die the actual cake color? the color gel for icings or regular food coloring?
Thank you for your help in advance.

From the editor:

You have a couple of options for this type of all-over checkerboard pattern:

1. cut squares of black and white fondant and place them directly on the cake in the alternating checkerboard pattern, making sure to leave no gaps between squares.

2. Cover the cake with white fondant, then mark the checkerboard pattern with a fondant marking wheel or a toothpick. Use a small artist brush and black powdered food color mixed with vodka, to carefully fill in the black squares. You could also paint with gel paste food color, either neat or slightly diluted with vodka.

For coloring cakes, frostings etc., gel paste food colors are what I use and recommend. You don't need much since the color is very concentrated, so there's no danger of the buttercream or cake batter breaking down.

Good luck.

Michelle (editor)

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