Originally Posted by missyek
Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns
Originally Posted by Fairytale
I mix my dust in a painters pallet. It only holds about 2 teaspoons full. That's probably why I don't lose much. I also use the lemon extract so I suspect that's why I don't get that dusty residue. It must have something to do with the oil.
I only use the oil for gilding, not painting. The gilding never leaves a dusty residue, only the alcohol mixtures do (Vodka, lemon extract, etc.) I'm just hesitant to do a whole cake with an oil-based "paint." I've also seen other top designers with this problem -- for example Marion Frost of Patchwork Cutters fame talks about this in one of her videos. She had no solutions other than to be careful not to touch the cake.
bobwonderbuns, I have the same problem too and I use vodka. I just keep my medicine dropper full of vodka handy and re-fill when I need too.
I was thinking of switching to using lemon extract because I hear such good things, but are you saying that it if you paint with it that it leaves the cake a little tacky? I guess I would love to understand the hesitation you have--I'm confused (which does not take much...
). I guess it has never bothered me that i have had a residue left over on the cake--it is kinda that way when you do a dry dust too, right? If I touch a cake after I have dry dusted, I still get a little on me...
Oh and the alcohols do not leave a taste on the cake--for those that were asking.
Hey Missy, thanks for inquiring. I used to do what you do with the vodka and the eyedropper -- boy does that stuff evaporate FAST!! So that discouraged me. Then I moved to lemon extract. Same evaporation problem and I could never get the right consistency (either too soupy or too dry!) Both the vodka and lemon extract had a potent smell but only the lemon one had a lingering aftertaste on the cake.
I dry dust my gumpaste flowers all the time and steam them, so they get a glazed dew look on them. When I touch them before I steam them I get some on my hand but not very much. But that's dealing with gumpaste. On fondant it seems very powdery after the alcohol evaporates.
My concern about a dusty cake is that I don't want people getting dust all over themselves (how this would happen is if someone doesn't like fondant they peel it off -- using their hands.) Maybe I'm being a little weird about it (wouldn't be the first time...
) I just want to be able to present a painted cake with no concerns that people will get the dust on their hands. Put it this way, I'm such a slob in the kitchen that if it can get on me, it does!!