What can I use to paint detail on cakes? Is there edible paint? If so, where can I get it? Do they sell it at AC Moore or Michael's??
You can use the gel colors you use to color your buttercream. Some people like to thin them down a bit with vodka, extract, or some type of alcohol. Just apply it like paint.
depends what sort of look you are after, but you can paint with all sorts of things, such gel colors, royal icing, luster dust mixed with vodka...i have done some painting on cake with all of those and been happy with the results. works for small details, or big surfaces.
here is an example where the bottom tier is handpainted with a combo of royal icing (the roses) and gold lustre dust diluted with vodka (the vines and leaves):
and here is one that i just used gel colours with a bit of clear vanilla to paint on the cake:
hope that offers some help!
The details on my poker cake have been painted on with thinned food gel including the greeting, the chips and the suites on the cards.
This Mahi-Mahi has had details added with sky blue food gel which has been thinned. I used it to add freckles and lines and it helps to add dimension.
Hope this helps
Mixing melted cocoa butter and food coloring can be used with an artist brush on fondant.