i am planning to make minion cupcake toppers and draw few details with edible markers ( yellow gum paste disc with drawing on it) . i suck at using the markers ! every time i try drawing with them, i end up with too many indentations in the fondant ( gum paste or marshmallow fondant) and hardly any visible drawings. any tips ? thank you
I'm not a huge fan of the markers in general for the same reasons you mention. I either dig into the fondant trying to get a darker color, or it doesn't want to write if there's grease or something on the surface. Having said that, not all of them are made equally, some edible markers are actually useful and some just seem to dry out after one use. I tend to end up painting everything on with food coloring and a paintbrush, so you might have more luck doing that if you're not good with the markers.
I have used edible markers to write/draw on fondant on several occassions now. I find the key is to have a light touch with the markers & it also helps to let the fondant dry a bit before you draw on it. That is, don't roll it out & then immediately try drawing on it. I have used them on gumpaste as well. The brand I have been using are the Ameri Color Gourmet Writers.
I've had no issue with them drying out & have had them for quite some time now. I'm not even sure how old they are as I purchased them used from a lady who was getting out of the cake business. At the time it was the only way I could afford them.
Below are a couple of cakes that I have used them on. Good luck!
@kstevens, I've always avoided using them for the reasons the others mentioned but yours looks amazing.
I avoid the markers now as find the same problem, they indent the fondant. I prefer to paint on the detail. The markers are fine on royal icing I find, but they do dry out quick I'm finding.
i have good luck with the markers -- just gotta have a soft touch i guess idk works for me -- yes i use americolor gourmet and the other big fat ones too but americolor are better and yes they last forever -- i snip the tips if need be for a finer point --
yes -- you can't use them like you would on paper -- like use the edge/side of it rather than head on -- not point first kwim -- softly though 'works a treat' for me
love that expression glad i got to use it ha! (hope i used it correctly)
and they do not unfreeze well -- they come out of the fridge well not the freezer though runs like rain --
best to you and all
and kstevens, yes your stuff looks really nice
ps. maybe hold/use the marker like it was a paint brush?
@-K8memphis thanks for this guidance! thought i had gotten a dude pair of americolor blacks 'cause fine details were impossible to produce. i will try snipping a tip!
@kstevens that's a beautiful sugar skull!
Thanks for the compliments on my cakes :-)
I think it's really just practice with the markers that makes the difference. Work with some practice fondant first to get the hang of using them is my suggestion.
thank you for all your replies. as suggested i tried using markers as paint brushes (instead of using as markers and pressing hard) and the results were better. i guess i need a lot of practice. i will post pictures soon.