airbrush [air-bruhsh] noun, verb
1. A tool that atomizes edible spray paint. The airbrush tool is comprised of a compressor with a hose, a well for holding color and a fine applicator tip. The flow of the color is controlled through the wand-like applicator.
2. The action of airbrushing a baked good.
The airbrush’s design makes it possible to achieve very fine color work and shading. Some high-end chocolate truffles and bonbons sport vivid, even metallic colors that have been applied in this manner. Chocolate can be used with this tool as well – it is thinned out with about 50% cocoa butter to spray onto cakes and other sweets. This is done more for texture than color and gives an elegant, velvet-like finish.