I think I posted my question in the wrong forum....
I was wondering if anyone had an idea on how to paint chocolate with no alcohol? I don't have luster dust, (or anything like that honestly) but I do have things like gel food coloring, regular (water based) food coloring..... yes, I'm new to this, but I really wanted to know if there was any possible way. Also. Can royal icing stick to chocolate? Does anyone have a royal icing recipe without cream of tartar?? Does anyone have ideas on how I can decorate the chocolate? (I'm trying to make a chocolate shoe, I was given a mold, now I'm trying to figure it out) I'm sorry.... I do have a ton of questions. TIA!
You can paint chocolate with coloured cocoa butter or you can colour chocolate and pipe designs on your shoe. You can't use water based colours like gel colours, you need to use oil based colours they come in either liquid or powder form. I personally prefer the liquid, as the colours are more vibrant. You melt the cocoa butter or chocolate, add the oil based candy colour and you are ready to go. You will need to practice a little on some spare chocolate with either of these methods before decorating your shoe.
You can definitely decorate molded chocolate with royal icing. I used to make marshmallow eggs for easter that were covered in tempered chocolate and then decorated with royal icing flowers and leaves. Just make sure your chocolate shoe is hardened, then pop it out of the mold then you can go ahead and decorate. You can also decorate with melted chocolate in a piping bag, or even buttercream!
For royal icing, there are many recipes out there that don't call for cream of tartar, Martha Stewart's for one...best of luck!
Colored cocoa butter.
This might not answer your question about painting on chocolate, but if you are anxious to play around with chocolate I recently discovered this site which should really help you.
Yes, you can color chocolate, even using water or gel-based colors. No need to invest in more expensive oil-based candy colors. She has great examples and a good knowledge of chocolate. I believe she is a CC member.
Thank you all so much! I'm so happy that all of you answered my questions!