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Best way to paint on fondant?

post #1 of 9
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Hi,

What's the best way to paint a design on fondant? I'm doing a wedding cake where the bride wants filigree/scroll work painted on (she showed me an example pic).

I know food coloring or anything water-based won't work. I need something that will work with solid colors and metalics. Please help!!

Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
post #2 of 9
Petal dust or luster dust mixed with vodka.

For metallics, try Americolor's metallic airbrush colors. You can paint them on with a paint brush instead of an airbrush.
post #3 of 9
Can somebody explain why regular straight icing color won't work? I've used americolor gels to paint small details on fondant and it worked fine. If I tried to do a large pattern like you're describing, would it not work because it's water based?
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post #4 of 9
Gel color would work but I think she's looking for something that's not transparent. Personally I'd do filigree or scroll work with royal icing because it would be a lot easier.
post #5 of 9
I remember reading on one of these threads that gel color mixed with melted shortening makes a substance that looks and behaves like real paint.
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post #6 of 9
Food coloring can work. I've tried it.

I'd use dusts dilluted in vodka or airbrush colors.
post #7 of 9
there is a painted cake in my photos, check it out, i used melted cocoa butter mixed with dust colours, its very user friendly, hope this helps icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 9
Hi all I paint on my fondant with browngel &lemon favoring to look like wood thats ok. now I want it shiny how can i get that look ?Thanks you sammie
post #9 of 9
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Thanks for all your help/suggestions!! thumbs_up.gif I just posted pics of the cake. I tried the silver metallic dust diluted with vodka first but it was too thin and transparent to see on top of white fondant.

Then I mixed it with vegtable shortening and that did the trick! The weather was very hot and humid while I made the cake even though the kitchen was air conditioned it still made the whole project tricky.

I found that at room temperature the shortening and the dust made a paint-like substance that I could brush on the fondant. I could go over the design a few times as needed to make it heavier or wipe some away with a clean brush. Of course refrigerated the whole thing once it was done but even at a hot outdoor wedding the next day the cake held up well.
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