What Is The Drying Time For Food Coloring Painted On Fondant

Decorating By My_Little_Cake_Shop Updated 6 Jun 2011 , 6:54am by My_Little_Cake_Shop

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 1 Jun 2011 , 10:32am
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Hi,

How long does it take for food coloring to dry on fondant? I mean if I did a stencil or a stamp dipped in food coloring or drawn with a brush, how long would it be DRY not sticky or tacky? I want to do this on some cupcakes or cookies and cover them with cello bags so they have to be totally dry!
Thanks in advance!

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hollyml Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 8:46am
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Mix your color with some vodka or lemon extract. That way it goes on thin and even, and dries *very* fast. By the time you're finished painting the last cupcake, the first ones will be ready to bag.

If you dilute the color with water instead of something alcohol based, drying time depends on local humidity & temperature as well as how thickly the color is applied, but it can easily be many hours.

Holly

Caths_Cakes Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 8:51am
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i agree with Holly, Use vodka, Not water, as this will help it dry quicker, it also allows you to do more thinner, even coats, i prefer to give several light coats, to build up colour and definition, rather than trying to do it all at once, takes longer but i think it gives a better result

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 8:53pm
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thanks for your replies!
will it work the same way if I use something like vanilla extract? or maybe lemon juice or butter flavoring?

saffronica Posted 2 Jun 2011 , 9:06pm
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The reason lemon extract works better than water is because of the high alcohol content -- alcohol evaporates much faster than water. So lemon juice won't have the same effect, but other extracts could. Lemon is a good choice, however, because it is clear and has a very high alcohol level, even higher than most other extracts. For example, my lemon extract is 87% alcohol, but some of my other extracts are only 30-40% alcohol.

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 10:27am
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so nothing that does NOT have alchohol would work?

Coral3 Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 11:47am
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I would recommend you use Rose Spirits, which is available from a lot of good cake decorating suppliers. It's about 95% alcohol, and dries very fast. Its much faster than vodka - I find vodka leaves things 'tacky' (sticky) for days...but if you do use it, be sure to buy the highest alcohol content you can find.

Coral3 Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 11:50am
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so nothing that does NOT have alchohol would work?




Alcohol evaporates a LOT quicker than non-alcoholic liquids. If you used something with no alcohol content it will take forever to dry.

jewordsoflife Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 12:25pm
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Originally Posted by Caths_Cakes

i agree with Holly, Use vodka, Not water, as this will help it dry quicker, it also allows you to do more thinner, even coats, i prefer to give several light coats, to build up colour and definition, rather than trying to do it all at once, takes longer but i think it gives a better result




I wish I had read this before doing my zebra cake yesterday. I used vodka with my gel color and practiced on a piece of fondant first with one light coat and it did dry fast. However, when I did it on the cake I went heavier because it wasn't as dark as I'd like. Consequently, it's taking a long time to dry. It doesn't help matters that the humidity here is high right now! icon_mad.gif Plus I've refrigerated the cake. Chalk it up to another lesson learned! icon_smile.gif

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 3 Jun 2011 , 3:51pm
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Well where I live no alchohol is allowed in the country at all! icon_sad.gif That's why I am asking if I can use something else that would dry faster?

Coral3 Posted 4 Jun 2011 , 10:18am
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Well where I live no alchohol is allowed in the country at all! icon_sad.gif That's why I am asking if I can use something else that would dry faster?




Oh, well that's tricky then. Could you use airbrush colours? I believe airbrush colours can be used for hand painting/stamping on cakes - they would already be the right consistency without dilluting with alcohol. I'm not sure if they dry fast though, perhaps someone with an airbrush might have some idea -?

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 4 Jun 2011 , 10:28am
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I tried diluting with vanilla extract last night (since I only need black, the color of the vanilla wasnt a problem). I also lightly dipped a sponge in the diluted liquid and THEN brushed the stamp on that (minimizing the amount of color deposited on the stamp). It dried faster than it did with just color alone!

I never thought of trying airbrush colors (DUH!!!) ya they are more liquid and they do dry quite fast when they are airbrushed on fondant cakes! Simple solution!!! Thanks

Coral3 Posted 4 Jun 2011 , 10:45am
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Originally Posted by My_Little_Cake_Shop

I tried diluting with vanilla extract last night (since I only need black, the color of the vanilla wasnt a problem). I also lightly dipped a sponge in the diluted liquid and THEN brushed the stamp on that (minimizing the amount of color deposited on the stamp). It dried faster than it did with just color alone!

I never thought of trying airbrush colors (DUH!!!) ya they are more liquid and they do dry quite fast when they are airbrushed on fondant cakes! Simple solution!!! Thanks




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hollyml Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 5:34am
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Well, vanilla extract is largely alcohol. icon_smile.gif So if you have vanilla extract then it's not quite literally true that no alcohol is allowed into your country! You might be able to find lemon or orange extract, or clear vanilla, if sometime you need to do the same thing with a color other than black. icon_smile.gif

I've heard that airbrush colors work well too, but have never tried it. I don't own an airbrush and actually have no idea where I'd buy the colors! So I tend to forget about that option. icon_smile.gif

My_Little_Cake_Shop Posted 6 Jun 2011 , 6:54am
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No I'm 100% sure it doesnt have alchohol icon_smile.gif This is a local type of extract. Even when I order extracts online that do have a even a tiny percentage of alchohol they are not allowed in icon_smile.gif

As for air brush colors, they worked ok. But the extract + color combo was the best icon_smile.gif especially when I don't put too much on the stamp! And it dried in less than a day icon_smile.gif

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