Hello, I was wondering if anyone used powdered food coloring to paint their gumpaste roses before. I have used the gel food coloring/vodka before and it made my flowers goopy on the outside. I have painted with the powdered food coloring and liked it better, but I wanted to make sure the color sets, as they are going on a white cake. If I steam them will they get goopy to where the petals won't hold? Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! : )
The flowers here were colored with powdered colors, then steamed for a few seconds over a pot of boiling water.
You can't leave them in the stem too long or they will melt, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to get them in and out of the steam quickly enough to shine them up without melting them. Once they dry they actually look and feel like porcelain--no stickiness, no 'goopiness' at all--and the colors won't bleed onto your white fondant at all.
wow! Beautiful!! Thank you very much, I will try that! : )
Remember to make a few extras to practice steaming.