Water for a swimming pool cake

Question: I have a cake order coming up for a swimming pool birthday cake. This will be swimming pool with lane lines floating in water. Any ideas on what to use for the water. I was thinking colored piping gell, but since I have never tried or worked with piping gel I was hoping someone might have other ideas. Thanks a bunch

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Prima Cakes Plus ...

I know some people have used the blue gel that Wilton makes. It comes in tubes.

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

Besides piping gel I don’t think anything will give you that clear look. You could use buttercream with a more opaque look or paint fondant. I used piping gel but the stuff I had tasted awful! It was wilton in the tub not the tube. So I would say try the tube it may taste better.

Michelle ...

Thanks so much for the information!

Tya Mantooth ...

Piping gel is the best for water…haven’t tried it, but wonder if you could add a bit of flavoring to it? Might be worth a try! :-)

Sugar Tales ...

Wilton makes a sparkling blue gel that does come in a tube. The sparkles do give the water dimension and movement which makes for a nice effect. I used a bit of it in the pond on the garden cake I did a few weeks ago.

Kelly Mitchell ...

hiya

i use piping gel all the time, i usually paint the fondant blue first, let it dry and then just add the piping gel until you get the look you want over the blue icing. or the wilton sparkling blue sounds interesting.

Fun Fiesta Cakes ...

I’ve also used piping gel – it’s always worked well.

rach7 ...

I MADE A SWIMMING POOL B’DAY CAKE FOR MY DAUGHTER & USED PIPING GEL…IT WRKED WELL & IT LOOKS GD TOO..BUT I COLOURED THE PIPING GEL BLUE FIRST & THN POURED IT INTO THE POOL…..

Michelle ...

Thanks so much for all the information!

Peggy Higgins ...

Piping gel is the best. You can achieve a real water look by barely adding any blue to it. Too much blue is just too much. I did it for a competition cake.

Nikki Belleperche ...

Piping gel is the best for nearly any liquid effect in my opinion! And if you want to use the glitter blue gel that wilton makes you can save money (if you need a larger amount or want some for future use) you can get a tub add your own blue coloring (a little goes a LONG way in piping gel!) and some pearl dust.

beasweet ...

Hi I have a wedding cake for next week with a waterfall, had a few sleepless nights already. I have used liquid glucose for a beach cake before and it worked well and looked very nice, but it did’t set, which was ok in that cake because it was on a flat board.. I am going to try and get this Wilton piping gel.. Hold thumbs! (Will write something on my blog and post a picture..