With just one one more doodlewash to go before the end of the World Watercolor Month challenge, I decided to share a slice of cake. I once again, am not lucky enough to have this sitting in front of me, but I really wanted cake, so I figured I’d manifest a slice in a watercolor sketch. I believe this would be referred to as a Black Forest Cake if it had actually been baked. Though I typically prefer white cake, this was an interesting challenge in just Burnt Sienna, Gamboge, Pyrrol Red and Ultramarine Blue. It’s kind of amazing how few colors it really takes to get the point across and I’ve been loving using limited palettes all month and can’t seem to stop. But now, I just really wish I had some cake and feel a little cheated this is only another painted dream.

Cake is something I simply can’t refuse. If it’s ever available at a party or family gathering, you can rest assured I’ll be having a slice. When I’m in America, the icing is too sugary sweet for me though, and I’ll often scrape some of it to the side. I’m still not sure why Americans love the taste of sugar so much that they want to taste only sugar and nothing else. Once, at a family gathering, I bit into frosting with so much sugar it was almost crunchy and the first bite made my face hurt. Another time, someone brought gooey cake butter cake which was invented in my home state of Missouri entirely by accident when a German baker reversed the proportions of butter and flour. What they don’t mention is that it was also made by putting in way too much sugar. Apparently this particular baker should have instead shared the amazing drink he was having and left the baking to others more capable.

All this said, I’m also enjoying an amazing drink so I won’t judge and will keep this post short. Instead, I’ll just say, hope you all are having an amazing weekend! If you’re on the mailing list, you’ve already heard about the August Adventure, but if not, I’ll be announcing it here tomorrow. So excited to keep painting with all of you next month! And if it were possible, I would definitely have you all over for a piece of cake!

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham Watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

49 replies on “Day 30: #WorldWatercolorMonth

  1. Oh goodness gracious – I so sound like a broken record – but Oh Charlie O! This is the most amazing doodlewash of cake I’ve ever seen. I just don’t know how you create such amazing work every single day! Are you ignoring my request for a video tutorial?! PLEASE! Pretty please black forest cake with a cherry on top! 🙂

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  2. Heehee…you’re too funny! And seriously, your food paintings are just super awesome!❤ Like with the tea doodlewash yesterday, I have a hard time convincing my brain that I can't reach into the screen and grab that.😀 I usually halve the sugar in the things I bake and never miss it.

    I feel like I should make a Black Forest cake now…darn it…

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  3. Yes, Cake!! As Sharon says, a ‘sweet’ painting 😝 You’re improving all the time, Charlie. I can’t wait to see what the August adventure is (why am I not on the mailing list?😱) Oh, and I also halve the sugar in most recipes…

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  4. Hmm yummy!!! I will not refuse your invitation for a cake as long is not too much sugar!😉 I am very excited for August Adventure I just finished to read your newsletter! Is going to be fun! Great idea you had Charlie!😉❤

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  5. Golly gosh Charlie you have knocked this recipie upto perfection, the fork, the reflection, the crumbly bits of cake in so much detail, oh and the cream….edible ….seriously have you thought about illustrating for a cook book? You are no1 at food stuff, this could now be my fav, and not just because it looks scrummy yummy ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. A big cake is in order to celebrate this watercolor month. Although color pencils and markers are my medium I thouroughly enjoyed seeing you and your inspired follower creating so much wonderful art! Thank you for great blog! Cheers from Ohio, Johanna. Ps I agree, Americans have a too sweet tooth ;o)

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  7. I don’t know what it is about your foodlewashses or how it’s done but they always look better than the real thing! That is if that’s even possible… I didn’t used to think so. Ugh, the cravings are torturous, especially for someone with no cake in the house.

    Who isn’t a cake fan? Even I’m a cake fan, Charlie!😉 Though, I’m like that with the icing too, actually – I sometimes find it is too much. I much prefer the cakey bit of the cake – and this looks especially delectable here. Mmm!

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