I have done several cakes on which I needed to paint with food color, but the gel colors (Wilton) never mix completely into the alcohol. I use lemon extract. I use a toothpick to put a couple of globs of color into a custard cup, then add a capful or so of extract and stir with my paintbrush or a spoon. The color stays in little globs or sticks to the bottom of the cup with the alcohol sitting on top. I wind up having color that is sometimes water color-looking and then some looks like pure food color - way too dark. Also, there are specks in the color like undissolved bits.
What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance for your help!