I would love to paint on my fondant. I cant seem to find any info about what paints to use. All I can figure is to use the air brush colors but not sure. I know the food colors wont dry. Could some body please help. Thanks
You can mix a little bit of your gel colors into an alcohol based extract, such as vanilla extract. Some people here use Vodka because it's cheaper than vanilla extract.
You can then paint on your fondant with that mixture.
You can paint with airbrush colors, like you were thinking of.
You can also paint with gel colors thinned with alcohol or with petal dust mixed with alcohol.
I've read about painting with cocoa butter mixed with color, or with shortening mixed with gel colors, but I'm not sure how well those dry.
If you need an opaque paint, you can mix white icing color with gel color. Don't add alcohol to that mix because it breaks down the white color. It takes longer to dry, allow for that when you plan the cake.
I use artists paintbrushes that have never been used for anything but food. Check them every now and then to be sure bristles aren't coming off, because that will look like a hair on the cake.
Most people use vodka or everclear for the alcohol that they mix with their food colors. Everclear will dry a lot faster but it's much more expensive. You can use extracts instead if you want to...clear ones like vanilla or almond. Don't tell customers that you painted the cake with vodka...all the alcohol evaporates as the paint dries so it's not like they're consuming any alcohol.
great info !!! thanks. Ill practice this weekend.
You can also use dusts to paint. There is also edible gold.
I use vodka with all my colours to paint on cakes - enjoy it's lot's of fun!
I got very inexpensive clear vanilla extract on ebay. I got them in bulk, a dozen bottles and the expensive was very low. Several people in my Wilton Class wanted one or two, so they took theirs and I kept the rest. It's very concentrated, so I only use it for painting and for using as glue with my fondant. Here's an idea of how much you can get this fo on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/3-Danncy-Mexican-Vanilla-Extract-DARK-CLEAR_W0QQitemZ280390330764QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414890e98c&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
This is for 3 bottles. For $26, you can get 100 oz. (including shipping). Or $31 total for 4 bottles. I think I paid something like $65 for a dozen bottles a little over a year ago. Even their listing says they will sell it by the case.
I find isopropyl alcohol to be the best. It dries really quickly so the fondant never gets gummy.
I apologize for my ignorance, but isn't isopropyl alcohol "rubbing" alcohol? Is it food safe?
I prefer using the dusts with vodka, better consistency and I found it easier too.