How to Make Paint to Use on a Cake

by David Clark
Mixing edible cake paint from scratch allows you to personalize cake designs.

Mixing edible cake paint from scratch allows you to personalize cake designs.

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Making your own paint for cake decorating is fairly easy. The simplest of recipes only calls for two ingredients. However, edible pigments can vary in color by manufacturer, so mixing consistent color combinations may involve some trial and error. Edible cake paint is often used to create decorations on the flat, smooth fondant icing on wedding cakes. It can also be used to color sculpted or shaped decorations made from marzipan, sugar paste and butter cream icing. Use this recipe to make your own personalized edible paint for cake decoration.

Items you will need

  • Food color dust
  • Vodka
  • Mixing bowls
  • Toothpicks
  • Cake decorating brushes
  • Paper towel
Step 1

Combine equal parts food color dust and vodka into a clean glass mixing bowl. Depending on the pigment, you may need to vary the proportions slightly. Do not add water to edible paint. According to expert cake decorator Collette Peters, as reported by CBS, using alcohol as a paint-mixing medium prevents the icing from melting upon application.

Step 2

Using a toothpick, mix the food color dust and vodka together until the dust is fully dissolved in the vodka. Work carefully, as dark pigments like red, blue and purple will stain certain work surfaces.

Step 3

Test the color mixture of the paint by dipping a cake decorating brush into the paint and placing a dot on a paper towel. If necessary, add more food color dust in small increments, while stirring, to increase the opacity of the color.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute clear vanilla or lemon extract for vodka, though they may alter the color of the paint.
  • If the paint is too runny, try adding some clear corn syrup for a stickier, more malleable paint.

About the Author

David Clark has been a professional writer since 2007. After working as a full-time technical writer for an architectural and engineering firm, he began freelancing for various print and online media such as "The Writer Magazine." Clark graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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