Best Way To Paint On Fondant?

Decorating By paintergrrl73 Updated 23 Aug 2009 , 8:40pm by paintergrrl73

paintergrrl73 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 8:23pm
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What's the best way to paint a design on fondant? I'm doing a wedding cake where the bride wants filigree/scroll work painted on (she showed me an example pic).

I know food coloring or anything water-based won't work. I need something that will work with solid colors and metalics. Please help!!

Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

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Texas_Rose Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 8:29pm
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Petal dust or luster dust mixed with vodka.

For metallics, try Americolor's metallic airbrush colors. You can paint them on with a paint brush instead of an airbrush.

biancas_mommy Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 8:47pm
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Can somebody explain why regular straight icing color won't work? I've used americolor gels to paint small details on fondant and it worked fine. If I tried to do a large pattern like you're describing, would it not work because it's water based?

Texas_Rose Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 8:50pm
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Gel color would work but I think she's looking for something that's not transparent. Personally I'd do filigree or scroll work with royal icing because it would be a lot easier.

Musings9 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 9:15pm
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I remember reading on one of these threads that gel color mixed with melted shortening makes a substance that looks and behaves like real paint.

Rylan Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 2:32am
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Food coloring can work. I've tried it.

I'd use dusts dilluted in vodka or airbrush colors.

sugarsugargal Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 9:22am
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there is a painted cake in my photos, check it out, i used melted cocoa butter mixed with dust colours, its very user friendly, hope this helps icon_smile.gif

sammie192 Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 3:44pm
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Hi all I paint on my fondant with browngel &lemon favoring to look like wood thats ok. now I want it shiny how can i get that look ?Thanks you sammie

paintergrrl73 Posted 23 Aug 2009 , 8:40pm
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Thanks for all your help/suggestions!! thumbs_up.gif I just posted pics of the cake. I tried the silver metallic dust diluted with vodka first but it was too thin and transparent to see on top of white fondant.

Then I mixed it with vegtable shortening and that did the trick! The weather was very hot and humid while I made the cake even though the kitchen was air conditioned it still made the whole project tricky.

I found that at room temperature the shortening and the dust made a paint-like substance that I could brush on the fondant. I could go over the design a few times as needed to make it heavier or wipe some away with a clean brush. Of course refrigerated the whole thing once it was done but even at a hot outdoor wedding the next day the cake held up well.

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