I would like to know the techniques used to paint fondant and to put luster dust on fondant or paint with it???
I just started doing it myself, but for the most I have read, you have to mix it with vodka, or clear alcohol...thats what I did to the candy seashells on the wedding cake I just posted a few minutes ago.
I use lemon extract, but you can use any extract that contains alcohol. The lemon really smells good.
I used vanilla and worked good too, but I'm not sure it is the best thing to use, i only use it because it was what i was told to do in my cake deccorating classes.
High alcohol content and low water content are very important when painting on fondant. Too much water makes the fondant soft and gooey.
Lemon extract--with an alcohol content of 83+% or 166 proof--is highly recommended. The oil in the extract makes the paint flow smoothly and the alcohol evaporates quickly. This extract leaves little, if any, flavor behind on the fondant. Other extracts contain more water and less alcohol. Clear alcohols such as gin, vodka, and Everclear can also be used, but without the oil content, they can dry too quickly and lead to streaks or clumping.
Everclear is a pure grain alcohol. It comes in two strengths-- 95% (190 proof) and 75.5% (151 proof) . The 95% is the most popular and most available type.
Many of the US provinces have made it illegal to buy Everclear and it's very uncommon to see the most potent of the Everclear products sold outside of America.
Just my .02
I like you 2 cents!!! I learned something!! I had always heard you could mix with extract or alcohol but I noticed clumping when I used vodka! Now I'm going to try lemon extract!!! Thanks for the great info!
Glad to be of help, mamafrog!
Another tip I'll pass on is that if you mix in a glass or ceramic vessel, even after the "paint" dries, you can go back later and add more extract. Swirl it around to clean off the sides and you can paint away.
I use extra bits of fondant to pre-make bow parts and then paint them--that way I always have something in a pinch and very little waste of that very expensive dust