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Lemon juice sub for lemon extract to paint fondant?

post #1 of 12
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hello!

 

I was wondering if I can use lemon juice instead of any extracts to paint on fondant because I am big no no on using alcohol on my cake, I know it evaporates from the cake but I am still firm on not using it. I was just wondering how it might work out? Has anyone tried it? Or are there any other non-alcoholic subs I can take into consideration? Thank you! 

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Originally Posted by cupcakesareeba View Post
Has anyone tried it?


Works fine for me, give it a try.

post #3 of 12
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Edited by cupcakesareeba - 7/17/13 at 10:29pm
post #4 of 12
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Oh thanks! Does it leave any sour taste behind on the fondant though?

post #5 of 12
If you really don't want to use any alcohol then just use water. Lemon juice has sugar in it and will be sticky.
post #6 of 12

Lemon juice?  No way.  Lemon juice doesn't evaporate like alcohol.  The reason you use alcohol or extracts is so it will evaporate and leave a dry surface.

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If you really don't want to use any alcohol then just use water. Lemon juice has sugar in it and will be sticky.

I heard from most people water will not evaporate and make the fondant wet hm. Have you tried it w water before?
post #8 of 12
I use water often. It will evaporate, just not as quickly as alcohol. You need to be careful to not use more that you need, but that is true with alcohol as well. Alcohol is definitely preferable, but if you really don't want to use it water is your next best option. Any kind of juice will leave a sticky residue and will make your paintbrush gummy.
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Oh I
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Originally Posted by AnnieCahill View Post

Lemon juice?  No way.  Lemon juice doesn't evaporate like alcohol.  The reason you use alcohol or extracts is so it will evaporate and leave a dry surface.

Oh I see! I am going to take your word for it not to have high hopes but I will give it a shot! Thank you:)
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Originally Posted by as you wish View Post

I use water often. It will evaporate, just not as quickly as alcohol. You need to be careful to not use more that you need, but that is true with alcohol as well. Alcohol is definitely preferable, but if you really don't want to use it water is your next best option. Any kind of juice will leave a sticky residue and will make your paintbrush gummy.

Thank you for the info:) going to try it different ways!
post #11 of 12

I wouldn't use water OR lemon juice, which is mostly water.  Water melts sugar, alcohol doesn't.

 

If you really can't bring yourself to use an alcohol based extract (they all are), then you can paint using canola oil or melted cocoa butter--neither will melt the surface of the fondant like water does.  It takes longer to dry (and if it's very humid, it will stay tacky), but it has no flavor.  If you use powdered colors it will be more opaque and if you use gel colors it will be pretty transparent.

post #12 of 12
I use glycerin at times.
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