I did a test sample of this before doing it on my actual cake. Ok, I painted on the fondant using Wilton's gel icing color. I diluted the gel color with a little water to give me a thin consistency. I then painted it onto the cake using a sponge brush. I did an all black and then I did an aged antique black mixed with brown. I let it dry overnight. I have shiny or glossy finish in some areas and then a dull or matte finish in other areas. Why the inconsistency on the finish? Did adding the water make a difference in the finish? Should I just paint the color on without diluting it?
Oh, by the way I am working on a stacked books cake.
Thanks in advance for all the advice,
Also, the more that I allow it to dry, would it eventually all dry to a matte finish.
Next time try mixing the gel color w/ vodka - it evaporates more quickly than water.
It will dry to a matte finish. Those shiny areas are not dry yet.
i dont think time will really make it all matte. the glossiness comes probably from a higher concentration of the sugar in the gel. i would suggest diluting it with extract or alcohol like vodka or gin. it will go on more uniformly and probably be glossy all over. if you want to have an aged matte look, you could dust the cover with dark cocoa powder or black powdered color after the paint dries. it will give it a suede or dusty aged look. i did a poetry book, if you want to look it is on the second page of my photos - edgar allen poe/ emily dickinsen ...
or you could kneed a little black into chocolate fondant
Thanks for the tip i will try this for my up coming cake so it looks shinny and not so dull