I was wondering what the best way to paint fondant is? I've heard of the gel food coloring or mixing powdered food coloring with vodka? Or can I use luster dust? What do they use on the cake shows? I have a cake coming up that requires me to paint on it.
Any answers would be very appreciated!! Thank you!
I use gel food coloring (Wilton or Americolor) deluted with vanilla flavoring. Some say to use vodka, but I don't have vodka sitting around the house, so I use extracts. Once someone told me lemon worked the best because it had the highest amount of alcohol, but I found it dried too quickly for me to do what I was doing. Even in the bowl it dried up really fast and I wasted a whole bottle trying to keep the color moist. So vanilla is my choice for now until i find something better I usually roll out a small peice of fondant and keep it near by so while I'm mixing my colors I can test the shades to make sure they are just right. HTH
I use gel, usually Wilton because I can just run to Michaels or Walmart and get it, and Vodka(I buy the tiny bottles at the liquor store) and it works great. You should test the colors before painting with them like sweatheart6710 said, they do take a while to dry and smudge easily, especially the the darker, more color/less vodka you use.
I also use the gel paste food coloring and vanilla. I have always had great results, and have them on hand, so it's more convenient than using the vodka or having to buy special products.
Thank you SO much!!! The only concern I had with the gel and vodka/vanilla is that it would be streaky.. But I guess not if that is what the majority of you guys use. You guys are great!!
I actually use my airbrush paints to paint on fondant. no streaks, no mixing, just pour a little in a cup and paint away.
but I can add a tiny bit of everclear of vodka if need to bring down the color.
Ooooooo airbrush paints.. I never thought of that. What a great idea. I know at my cake supply store they sell an americolor student set of 12 colors. I might need to buy it and use that from now on. Thanks tesso