Lettering On Cakes - Paint Or Fondants?

Decorating By ImMissWorld Updated 3 Nov 2010 , 9:00am by Coral3

ImMissWorld Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 7:45pm
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I'm making a cake like a massive Caburys Twirl. Iv never 'painted' on acake and was unsure wither or not to use yellow fondant or paint on food colouring.
I read that powder foodcolpiring an vodka/gin is the best way to go about painting on fondant. But I don't know if I could use yellow on dark purple?

Any help would be appreciate icon_smile.gif

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cakes22 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:22pm
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Personally, I would cut out the lettering using yellow fondant instead of painting on the letters. Especially since you are painting on a dark colour like purple, I would be afraid of the colours bleeding. Also, if you make a mistake painting it's much harder to correct where as with fondant lettering you should be able to peel it off with little damage.
That is the correct technique though, using vodka to mix with the colouring. You can also use vanilla extract.

blissfulbaker Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:43pm
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Lemon extract is very good to paint with, since it has a higher alcohol percentage than vodka.

blissfulbaker Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:44pm
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Lemon extract is very good to paint with, since it has a higher alcohol percentage than vodka.

tiptop57 Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:44pm
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As Cakes 22 stated, I'd use yellow fondant. I'd also add a bit of tylose for strength so the letters retain the shape and a tappit cutter. Clean and easy. HTH

brincess_b Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 8:45pm
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id also cut out the letters - i just wont show up on the puple if you paint.
xx

ImMissWorld Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 8:19am
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Thanks guys. Does light food colouring show up on dark fondant? There is some small font that I want to put on the cake and using fondant for that might be difficult...I'd need to use White, yellow and red on ameythst purple fondant. Do you know if this will work?

blissfulbaker Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 8:58am
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ImMissWorld, light food coloring does not show up on dark fondant, you will need to cut out the letters with fondant or use royal icing and pipe the lettering on.

Coral3 Posted 3 Nov 2010 , 9:00am
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Originally Posted by ImMissWorld

Thanks guys. Does light food colouring show up on dark fondant? There is some small font that I want to put on the cake and using fondant for that might be difficult...I'd need to use White, yellow and red on ameythst purple fondant. Do you know if this will work?




Assuming you'll be painting with gel food colour which is transparent (not opaque) then the dark purple will show through I would think. Have you considered piping some of the smaller text in royal icing using a fine tip?

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