I was asked recently to do a cake for a church fireside with the theme, "Paint A New Beginning: Becoming More Like Christ." I had a girl wearing a painter's smock and holding a paint brush, a framed piece of art, an unframed painting and a blank canvas on an easel. I used a thin royal icing to look more like paint to write the words. I kept the icing white so that when you cut into it the colorful swirls would stand out and be a fun surprise! This was a vanilla cake with a traditional buttercream.