Food Markers??

Decorating By kanwalaqdas Updated 27 Nov 2014 , 2:21pm by Dayti

kanwalaqdas Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 6:23pm
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Does any one know how to substitute for food markers?..... i live in Pakistan and i cant seem to find it here.... but i got my hands on food coloring that is black i really want to make doodles on a fondant covered cake

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pinchofsweetener Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 6:40pm
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You can always mix some of your food coloring with a little vodka and use a paint brush. Otherwise just purchase some food markers online :)

kanwalaqdas Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 8:17pm
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ok... but I am a muslim ... i should have mentioned that i guess.....:).... i cant use vodka... and none of the markers are delivered online here... :(

johnson6ofus Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 9:03pm
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I would dilute with vodka, yes. As a substitute, I would use corn syrup and/ or simple syrup (boiled water/sugar mix). 

 

PS> Nothing will work as easily as the food markers. :(  A small brush is just a pain, but workable.

kanwalaqdas Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 11:20pm
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thanx...:).... i appreciate it

-K8memphis Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 11:24pm
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can you use piping gel?

Dayti Posted 25 Nov 2014 , 11:46pm
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You can dilute gel colour with water, no problem, it will just take a little longer to dry. If the colour is already fairly liquid straight from the bottle, you might not need to dilute it. Practice first on a rolled out piece of scrap fondant though!

jchuck Posted 26 Nov 2014 , 12:35am
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AYou can mix food colouring with lemon juice or lemon extract. That works very well.

ruellesmith Posted 26 Nov 2014 , 2:27am
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Syrup (boiled sugar) works well for me. I often use this before; when I wasn't into the cake business yet. ^Mixing food colouring with lemon juice sounds good too.

julia1812 Posted 26 Nov 2014 , 3:04pm
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AThe reason I use vodka is this: Food coloring gel is thick and takes long to dry. If you paint on gum paste f.e. it might soften and ruin the gum paste before it's dry. Vodka thins it down (you need less = less money spent on colors) and the vodka evaporates very fast. Faster than it takes to soften gum paste. You can use any clear alcohol, but vodka is very cheap! Now that being said I know you can't use it. I just wanted to explain you why everyone says vodka, vodka, lol! Be careful using water or juice (for above reason). I would probably rather paint with gel alone (details) than with water. What helps speed up the drying process is to place the painted it's in the oven with only the oven light on. Or try color the fondant while you make it (if it's homemade).

cupadeecakes Posted 26 Nov 2014 , 4:54pm
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Originally Posted by kanwalaqdas 
 

ok... but I am a muslim ... i should have mentioned that i guess.....:).... i cant use vodka... and none of the markers are delivered online here... :(

 

Can you use extracts, like lemon extract?  Lemon extract works well too for painting.

kazita Posted 26 Nov 2014 , 7:11pm
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AHow about making royal icing adding the black food color and pipe it that way...

kanwalaqdas Posted 27 Nov 2014 , 11:49am
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thanx... i would definitely try lemon extract

Dayti Posted 27 Nov 2014 , 2:21pm
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Read the lemon extract bottle carefully, it usually contains alcohol.

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