Nothing brings a little mid-winter cheer like spotting bold color transcended against neutral, wintry weather tones. Especially when you find vibrant and lively colors where you least expect them. Like on a cake.

Start with a white gumpaste or fondant-covered cake, well chilled. Use either luster dust or petal dust (mixed with either clear lemon extract or vodka, which evaporates quickly) to make completely edible paint colors. Kids will love painting cakes, especially to celebrate a special occasion. Like a snow day.

The dust creates intense tones that will pop on the white cake canvas. Sweetapolita has the recipes and information you need to make these hand-painted cakes. This idea is simply, happiness on a plate.