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#1 JeanneCake

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 05:46 PM

Next week, I have a client who wants the bottom tier of her wedding cake painted in the style of Mondrian; black outlines around rectangular shapes painted in primary colors - blue, red, yellow.

I've been playing around with some options and am not satisfied with the results so far. Luster dust has too much shimmer, petal dust is too flat; painting with straight paste or my liqui-gel colors stays tacky. The plan is to mark the outlines with a scribing tool, paint the blocks and then do the outlines in black royal icing. I know if I got really desperate, I could do the edible image thing, but I really don't want to because the rest of this cake is pretty wild and it just wouldn't look right.

Has anyone ever used a cocoa butter/powder color "paint"? Any guidelines.. advice.. warnings? Last night, I was flipping through channels and caught a brief segment on the FoodNetwork - the show was at Disney and they showed someone painting a floral vine on a fondant cake and I thought they said cocoa butter....

#2 chefpeon

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 06:20 PM

If you like the results of painting with the powders, but you think the petal is too flat, and the luster too shimmery, why not mix a little of one into the other? I do that all the time. :smile:

#3 In2Pastry

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 06:26 PM

I have used the cocoa butter mixed with powdered coloring and it works beautifully. I mix the colors needed before hand and keep the small bottles in a little electric skillet with water to keep them at a "working" temp. The powder color is great because you can get the color as light or as dark as you need.
Good luck

#4 K8memphis

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 08:12 PM

1. What about air brush color mixed with everclear or lemon extract--you don't have to keep that warm and it dries quickly. Great paint!
2. Gel or liquid food color mixed with the alcohol.
3. When Colette was 'painting' a fondant covered cake for that cake competition she was sponging the color on with something, if I remember correctly.
4. Use the dusts to enhance the colors after the paint dries.


I vote for #1.

I used colored cocoa butter as ink once for coloring a stamp I was using--I would to need to refine that technique before I tried it again

Umm, I've used straight color before to paint with and it dried in a few hours. It would sure dry at least by overnight for me. And I didn't even use my trusty hair dryer :rolleyes: Honest! Air dried!

#5 *Deborah*

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Posted 19 June 2005 - 09:39 AM

I used gel colour straight onto white chocolate fondant with a paintbrush and it dried after an hour or so. To get Mondrian-dark colours I can see it taking longer to dry, though.

Yes, K8, Colette used a paper towel or a J cloth or something to blot on the colour, I finally got to see that show yesterday.
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