Hi ~ I am working on my SIL's baby shower cake for this Saturday. I made gumpaste ladybugs, but they just don't look right to me. Not "cute" enough. (I couldn't find the right size round cutter, so I expected this I suppose.) So I made a batch of royal icing this morning and am trying again. I have the body and the heads done; and I am about as satisfied as I think I'm going to be at this point. They'll be cute, I think.
My question is, for the spots on the wings, can I use straight gel paste color and just dot it on?
I don't want to use black RI because I don't want the added little "bumps" that would make. I do have coal black petal dust, but I'm afraid if I add extract to it and put it on the RI, it might result in breaking down the RI.
Thank you all for your help!
I 1st used straight gel paste for painting but i could never it it to dry and it was always tacky. I now use airbrush coloring and it paints on a lot like water color. Use could also use FDA approved markers. I bought some about a week ago and really like them for detailed stuff.
Okay... I think I answered my question. The paste is not totally drying on the wings that I tested.
So I guess my question would now be: Are there any alternatives to petal dust/extract?
Food markers! Yes!!!! Thank you so much for your advice and well wishes, MrCake01!
ive done it. For me, i just did it in layers as to not break down the RI. so if you have the time, just do 1 layer let it dry ect until its the shade you want HTH
Thank you both very much for your suggestions! I sincerely appreciate your assistance.
KHalstead, I *ADORE* your M&M ladybugs!