Baking Airbrush Kit:What is the Best Airbrush for Cake Decorating?

Cake decorating using an baking airbrush kit is a hobby currently growing fast in popularity.

Sea theme Wedding Cake from Jane
Picture from flickr: Sea theme Wedding Cake from Jane

Surely you can use a brush for cookie or cake decorating, but using a baking airbrush kit make it so quick and easier. Instead of coloring the fondant or the icing, you can just use the airbrush and spray on the cake. It will save you all the kneading time mixing the colour into the sugar paste. Much faster and more economical as it requires less food coloring.

Airbrushing is a fantastic way to decorate the icing or fondant of cakes. You might have used the traditional methods to decorate your cakes, but if you decide to use an airbrush for cake decorating, I can assure you that you will take your cake and cookie decorating skills to a whole new level.

As with other arts, practice is necessary, but if you get the right airbrush kit, you will be starting on the right track.

Whether you are a just starting at decorating cakes or a more experience baking artist, I want to help you choose the right airbrush cake decorating kit.

Best baking airbrush kit

Cake Decorating Airbrush KitsAirbrushMax Air Pressure
Food coloringAibrushgeek RatingCheck Price
Master Cake Decorating airbrush Kit
-1 Dual Action 0.3 mm
- 1 Single Action .8mm
Siphon Feed
57 PSI12 Premium
Chefmaster Paints
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PointZero Cake Airbrush Decorating Kit
-2 Dual Action
- 1 Single Action
58 PSI12 Premium
Chefmaster Paints
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Cake Boss Airbrushing Kit
- 1 single Action18 PSIn/aCheck Price
U.S. Cake Supply Cake Decorating Airbrush Kit
- 1 single Action 0.4 mm15 PSI 12 U.S. Cake Supply airbrush food colorsCheck Price
Kopykake Airmaster Airbrush Set
- 1 single Action 0.35mm30 PSIn/aCheck Price

Best Airbrush Cake Decorating Kit Reviews & Comparisons

1. Master Complete Master Airbrush Cake Decorating Set

The Complete Master Airbrush Kit has everything you will need to get started if you are a beginner or more experience cake decorator in bakeries or home kitchens.

  • This baking airbrush kit includes Model G34 Dual-Action Airbrush (great for detail work)  and Model E91 Siphon Feed Airbrush (great for high coverage work).
  • It come with the Master TC-20 Air Compressor which is a quiet 1/5 HP Airbrush Compressor, very light-weight and compact with carrying handle. The TC-20 has an automatic On/Off Shutoff which shut it down when the pressure reaches a certain level.
  • The Master TC-20 Air Compressor has an air pressure regulator with Gauge and Filter for Dry Air with Precise Airflow Control.
  • 6 Foot Braided Air Hose with 1/8″ Fittings
  • This baking airbrush kit comes also with 12 12 different Chefmaster Airbrush Food Color: Midnight Black, Royal Blue, Hawaiian Blue, Super Red, Harvest Brown, Spring Green, Sunset Orange, Deep Pink, Canary Yellow, Violet, Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver
  • (FREE) How to Airbrush Training Book to Get You Started, Published Exclusively By TCP Global. 
Pros
  • Two airbrushes (Dual-action, 0.3mm needle/nozzle for detail work and Single action , 0.8mm needle/nozzle ,which is ideal for spraying on larger area)
  • Maintenance free air compressor
  • How to Training Book included
  • Comes with Chefmaster Airbrush food color (12 colors)
  • Air regulator with gauge, very important to stay in control of the air pressure.
Cons
  • Can be a bit hard to put together if you are a complete beginner but if you carry on ready this post you will be fine.


 

2. PointZero Cake Airbrush Decorating Kit


The PointZero Airbrush deluxe cake decorating kit is a fantastic kit. It comes complete with all the equipment and supplies required to create gorgeous, professional-looking cakes.

The PointZero cake decorating airbrush kit comes with no less than 3 airbrushes! Two dual action airbrushes for detail work and one single action, easy to use airbrush for high coverage work. This really make the Pointzero cake decorating kit perfectly suited for both beginners and advanced users.

  • The PZ-258 is a dual-action, internal-mix airbrush with a  .35mm nozzle ideal for detailed work. The spray patterns with this model of airbrush are between thin-line and 1-1/2″.
  • The PZ-260 is a dual-action, internal-mix airbrush with a .3mm nozzle also great for sharp detail Spray  patterns with this airbrush vary from hairline to 1-1/4″.
  • The PZ-276 is a single-action airbrush featuring an external-mix design; the spraying medium is atomized outside of the tip, making this airbrush less prone to clogging. Suited for high coverage, broad spray  patterns between 1/4″ and 2″.
  • The Elite-125X is a lightweight (8 lbs.) oil-less airbrush compressor that delivers excellent power (1/5 HP) with approximate air delivery of 1.0 CFM, with an advanced, precision-forged piston for very little noise (55 dB).
  • Colors include Harvest Brown, Deep Pink, Sunset Orange, Midnight Black, Super Red, Spring Green, Canary Yellow, Hawaiian Blue, Violet, Royal Blue, Neon Green and Neon Pink.

With this kit, you will really have everything to get you started decorating your cakes, cookies or pastries.Boxed set for easy setup includes an Elite-125X air compressor, PZ-260, PZ-258 and PZ-276 airbrushes, a tabletop stand, a 10’ braided hose, two 22cc glass bottles, 5cc & 7cc color cups, paint pipettes, nozzle wrenches and instructions, all from PointZero.

Well-known within the airbrush industry, PointZero Airbrush is your trusted source for professional-grade products that provide lasting quality and exceptional value.

Pros
  • Great airbrush cake decorating kit that comes with 3 Airbrushes
  • The PZ-258 and PZ-260 have a needle backstop that allow you to pre-set the trigger travel, helping to produce consistent line widths.
  • This baking airbrush kit includes 12 bottles of highly concentrated, spray-on food-coloring paints from Chefmaster, made in the USA. These non-toxic, deeply pigmented paints provide superior coverage, even on hard-to-color, non-dairy whipped toppings and icings.
  • The kit contains one set of 5 cleaning brushes, 2 glass bottles, 3 braided air hoses, 3-way splitter, pipettes, barbed hoses connectors and nozzle wrenches
Con
  • I honestly can’t find anything against this cake airbrush decorating kit

3. Cake Boss Decorating Tools Airbrushing Kit

The cake Boss baking airbrush kitt is a much more compact kit if you compared it to the Master or the PoinZero Kit.  The chrome-plated single action airbrush is powered by a sturdy, compact 18 PSI compressor unit, and offers 3 levels of steady airflow: High hen you want to do high coverage on your cake, medium for basic designs and low for more detailed work or  when you want to write script on your cake.

Airbrushing might look intimidating but really all you need is a bit of practice, and in no time, you will create beautiful looking cakes or cookies.

All you need to do is :

  • Turn on the compressor, pour your choice of color into the reservoir and pull the airbrush’s trigger to apply designs to cakes.
  • Use the cake decorating airbrush to create colorful backgrounds or airbrush over stencils; also ideal for writing phrases and adding detailed designs.
  • This baking airbrush kit includes a rubber hose, plastic dropper, special nozzle wrench, A/C 12V 50Hz/60Hz adapter, instruction booklet and case.

You can follow the Cake Boss  YouTube channel  and see this cake decorating airbrush kit in action.

Pros
  • The Cake Boss Decorating Tools Airbrushing Kit is compact and easy to tidy away
  • The whole kit is very light as it weight just over 1 lb
  • Very easy to use and clean
  • The compressor has 3 different levels low medium and high.
  • Rather good looking kit as well!
  • Ideal for everyone from beginners to experts
Cons
  • This kit doesn’t come with any colors so don’t forget to order some

4. U.S. Cake Supply – Complete Cake Decorating Airbrush Kit

The U.S. Cake Supply cake decorating Airbrush Kit has everything you need to start your journey into the cake decorating world.

This baking airbrush kit is very easy to use and can can be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults and beginners to experts! Just add a few drops of color into airbrush cup, power up the compressor, pull the trigger and that’s it! It’s just that easy to start your own customized creations!

This baking airbrush kit contains everything you need to start creating edible masterpieces using your own personal creativity.

Kit includes:

  • Professional airbrush compressor with 3 airflow control settings, 6 foot airbrush hose and airbrush holder. Operates at 12V DC with a 110V AC plug in adapter
  • Precision single-action gravity feed airbrush with a 0.4 mm fluid tip and a 1/16 oz cup
  • Full selection of 12 eye-catching vibrant U.S. Cake Supply airbrush food colors
  • Detailed user guide manual with airbrushing tips and design techniques
Pros
  • The U.S Cake Supply cake decorating kit t is compact and easy to store
  • The compressor has 3 different levels low medium and high.
  • The kit comes with 12 U.S. Cake Supply airbrush food colors, enough to get you started.
  • Good value for money
  • Ideal for everyone from beginners to experts
Cons
  •  Would have been nice to have a storage case for this baking airbrush kit.
  • Compressor lack a bit of power

 

Baking Airbrush kit Buyer’s guide: Choosing the right airbrush for cake decorating:

Before you jump ahead and buy a airbrush gun for cake decorating, there are few things you need to consider.

Cake decoration as a hobby or to make money?

The answer to that question will determine which type of compressor you should go for:

 

  • Are you planning to use your baking airbrush kit at home once or twice a month to decorate you own cakes,cookies or pastries?

Are you a real beginner and you want something easy to use, light and easy to put away. Then you could buy one of those baking airbrush kit that come with a compact mini compressor. Those small compressors are diaphragm compressors that can’t run continuously for too long as they will overheat and get damaged.  But they will work perfectly for small 20 minutes burst.  Look for compressor with a way to regulate the pressure. A good small compressor  from a cake decorating kit have a way to adjust the air pressure, usually a knob for low, medium or high pressure. If you want for info about compressors, see my compressor buying guide .

Cake Boss Baking airbrush kit
Cake Boss Baking airbrush kit

 

  • If you plan is to create a business and make money decorating cakes, cookies or pastries

Then you need to buy a baking airbrush kit a with larger compressor. They will allow you to work continuously for a longer time. Also, those compressors are equipped with an air regulator,a pressure gauge, and moisture trap that remove any moisture that builds up in the compressor air line(ideal if you live in hot and humid climate).

 

Compressor Air regulator and Compressor Moisture Trap
Compressor Air regulator and Compressor Moisture Trap

The pressure gauge allow you to control how much air the compressor is feeding through the hose. For cake decorating, you will work with low air pressure. So if you setup the air pressure on the compressor at 30 psi, you know that the air pressure won’t go past that value. Therefore, you will avoid the air pressure being too high, and the colors to bead on the surface of your cake, or even to create dents in the icing, especially if the icing is soft.

 Single Action Airbrush Vs Double Action Airbrush

There are a lot of different types of airbrushes out there and each one is better suited for specific applications.There is few things that you need to consider before buying an airbrush for cake decorating. I recommend you read my airbrush buying guide to better understand  the different elements to take into consideration.

Single Action Airbrush:

Single Action Airbrush
Single Action Airbrush
  • A single Action Airbrush would do the job perfectly if you want to decorate your cake with an airbrush.
  • With a single action airbrush, when you press the triggers, it delivers both the air and the medium, here the food coloring
  • You can adjust the airflow on your compressor if you compressor allow this.
  • The more you press the trigger or the further back you pull the trigger  , the more color will be sprayed.
  • Ideal for larger area.
  • The advantage of a single action airbrush is that it is easy to use for a beginner as you don’t need to worry about the airflow. Also, it is usually cheaper than a dual action airbrush.

 Double action airbrush

Double Action Airbrush
Double Action Airbrush
  • With a double action airbrush, the airflow is controlled by pressing the airbrush trigger and the color  flow is controlled by pulling the same trigger back.
  • A double action airbrush is more versatile and offers more control over the spray pattern than a single action airbrush would.
  • A double action airbrush is better for finer detailed work.
  • The control is important if you want to do more than just  spray a background.
  • A double action airbrush is a bit more difficult to use when you are a beginner.
  • Check out my Airbrush Buying Guide if you want more info about that.

What else do you need for airbrushing cake?

 here I will list some other items you will find useful when decorating your cakes

Food Color for Airbrush

Obviously food coloring is essential when decorating cakes or cookies.

  • AmeriMist airbrush colors are super strength, highly concentrated spray-on air brush food colors
  • Extremely effective, even on hard to color non-dairy whipped toppings and icings
  • Eliminate the need to overspray so moisture will not accumulate
  • Water spots will not appear and the icing will not break down
  • Packaged in easy-to-use flip-top dispenser bottles, 100% Made in the U.S.A. from FDA approved ingredients, kosher certified

Stencils

If you have amazing good looking Stencils, chance are that you will also have beautiful cakes! Stencils can be used along with your airbrush on your sugar-paste or fondant cakes  to create beautiful and lifelike pattern The can  also with chocolate and for simply dusting on a design usingicing sugar or cocoa powder.

Stenciling is a art that has been used for centuries, it is easy to achieve amazing results that will literally transform your cakes and cookies into masterpieces. Just follow the few expert tips from that you can find in the cake decorating tips section below.

Cake Turntable

Whether you’re a home baker or a professional cake decorator using your baking airbrush kit , an icing turntable is invaluable when it comes to decorating a cake. And the turntable is not only useful when airbrushing you cake: when piping a border, icing, combing the sides, spooning out your cake, the turntable will make it so much easier for you. Hold your airbrush in one hand and gently rotate the turntable with the other, et voila!

This specific turntable comes with  a 3-inch raised base that has a non-slip edge to keep the turntable from moving on your work surface. This will give you peace of mind when piping or buttercreamint your cake. The rotating cake stand can hold a cake up to 11-inches diameter with the platform still visible and can even accommodate a larger cake on a cake board.

Airbrushing both

It is important to protect  the surrounding area from airbrush color when working at decorating a cake. If you are at home, you can use some cardboard and build an enclosure where you can work without messing up your entire kitchen.

If you are looking for something more professional, you can get Airbrush Spray Booth that come with turntable, a high volume fan that will extract all your over spray.

Airbrush cleaning station

An airbrush cleaning station  is a very practical piece. It has two fonctions:

  • The main one is that it allows you  to clean your airbrush without any overspray . When you have a bit of color left in the cup, just insert your airbrush in the cleaning station and press the trigger to purge the remaining content. Same if you want to clean your brush after you have finish decorating your cake. Insert water in the cup and spray into the cleaning station.Some people put a piece of paper towel inside the station to limit the amount of mist coming out from the top of the cleaner. Just remove it after each session.
  • It can also be used as an airbrush holder on your countertop which is very practical.

Rather  inexpensive piece of kit that really makes your life easier. To clean the station, just put it in your dishwasher! Easy!

Cake Decorating Supplies Kit

This decorating kit  for cake, cupcake, and cookie frosting t includes 36 different pastry tips, two 12-inch reusable silicone pastry bags, two plastic couplers to hold the tips, and two flower nails with which you can create all types of patterns on cake, cupcakes.

The Kootec decorating kit come with 36 high quality stainless steel icing tips that will allow you do do many decorating patterns: 11 open star tips, 7 closed star tips, 3 french tips, 3 round tips, 2 plain tips, 4 leaf tips, 3 rose petal tips, 3 special tips. 0.7 inch in diameter, 1.26 inch tall.

The parts can be washed in the dishwasher, making iteasy for cleaning.  When you’re done decorating your masterpiece, there’s a plastic storage case so you can keep all your supplies together.

Cake Lifter

This cake lifter is perfect when you want to  transfer a cooled cake layer from a cooling rack onto a decorating turntable or if you want to move the cake you have been decorating  from  the turntable to the cake stand without any effort.

Without this cake lifter, even moving your cake from cooling rack to a plate can be risky, since the cake can crack if it’s not well supported.

This cake lifter solves the problem, with a 10-inch diameter surface that’s large enough to support most cakes or cake layers. The nonstick surface helps the lifter slide easily under the cake, and it allows the cake to slide off onto its final destination. For sticky cakes, a light spray of oil on the lifter can make it even easier for the cake to slide on and off. The angle of the handle is designed to give you good leverage to lift the cake and the handle material provides a secure grip.

When you’re not moving cakes around, this works well for sliding cheesecakes off the springform pan’s base, for handling small pizzas, or even for flipping quesadillas or large pancakes. This should be hand washed to maintain the nonstick surface.

Experts Cake decorating tips for beginners:

Here I will give you some  cake decorating tips from me but also from some of the biggest cake decorating experts.

Safety tip first:

  • Avoid contamination and always use your airbrush with food safe, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved colors.
  • Make sure you never use an airbrush for foods after it has been used for non-edible media such as paint.
  • Of course you can use the compressor from any of those airbrush decorating kits with other project,like nail painting or Airbrush makeup for instance with the smaller compressors, but also model making or illustrating art with the bigger ones.

Airbrush spray pattern

  • The further you are away from the cake, the wider the spray. The closer you are when you airbrush, the finer the linesDawn Butler
  • Also, the closer you are from the cake with your airbrush the darker the color of shading will be.
  • As a rule of thumb, try to hold your airbrush at least six inches away from the cake or cookie to have blotch-free designs.
  • Spraying with the nozzle at a 45° angle will produce broad, softer lines. Hold the nozzle at a 90° angle for a sharper, more defined line
  • Working in circular motions helps you to achieve even coverage
  • Back and forth movements should only be made if you are able to work on and off your object, like when using a stencil.
  • Keep the airbrush nice and steady, make sure the colour cup stays uprightEmma Ball
  • Make sure your pressure isn’t too low on the compressor. If too low, most guns will sputter and splatterJulia M. Usher, Founder and Host, Cookie Connection

Airbrush Tips when using Stencils

  • Always keep moving the airbrush just so that you are not staying in one positionPaul Bradford Sugarcraft
  • When airbrushing stencils, make sure you hold your airbrush in a 90 degree angle.
  • Careful when using water base colors with stencils: Stencils get saturated very quickly and color will drop down from them (under spray).
  • Keep going back and forward so that you are building up the layers

Airbrush food coloring types

Water based food coloring:

  • Water based food coloring is cheaper than ethanol based food coloring.
  • You can only ever airbrush water base color onto sugar paste.

Ethanol based food coloring

  • If you are dealing with anything else than sugar paste then you need to use ethanol based food coloring
  • Ethanol will dry straight away when  airbrushed: So because ethanol completely evaporate when you airbrush ethanol based colors,  you can use ethanol based colors on chocolate or buttercream, ganache without any problem. The color comes out dry

Cake decorating Tutorial

There are some great cake decorating tutorials on the web or on YouTube. I choose to share two of my favorite cake decorating tutorials from Lisa Munro  from https://airbrushes.com

Moody Blues Airbrushed Cake by Lisa Munro.

Moody Blues Airbrushed Cake Tutorial by Lisa Munro

This fantastic looking cake is the one you can see on the feature image of this post. You can find the step by step guide to make this cake here. This is a  tutorial for an Ombré fades cake, very easy to follow, with great explanation from Lisa Munro. I think it could be a nice project to try if you are a beginner cake decorator looking for well documented project to do. There are butterflies and flowers to enhance the decoration, making this moody blues cake visually stunning. Why don’t you try to impress your friends or family by making this cake for the next family occasion?

 

 

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