Hi everyone.. I'm wondering if some of you can help me out.. I see cakes all the time with designs or details that have been painted on.. I assume using food coloring.. How is this done? do you dilute food coloring with water? Or do you use gel colors? I'm interested in painting large designs on fondant and also, painting small details on fondant figures and such....
Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks
Use gel colors diluted with vodka.
If it's a piece that's not going to be eaten, like a gumpaste figure, you can use nontoxic markers to draw on small details.
I also use gel colors with clear vanilla extract because the smell of vodka makes me want to puke...
thanks! how much do you dilute the gel? what part gel to what part liquid? and why vodka? why not just water?
You can also use airbrush colors, they are liquid and don't have to be thinned down.
You thin with vodka or vanilla because the alcohol evaporates out. Though I like everclear myself.
I use lemon extract to dilute the gel color. smells great
I use vodka because it's the cheapest I don't even notice the smell anymore, because I paint with it a lot. The reason to use alcohol is that it dries a lot faster than water.
About how much to dilute it, it will depend on what shade you want. More alcohol=lighter shade. If you put the color on without diluting it, you'll get the most intense results but it can take a week to dry.
You can also use clear vanilla. I put mine in a candy bottle, cut a small tip, and use it drop by drop, depending on what I need.