A quick tutorial for how to make edible food paint and gold food paint. They are so easy to make and there are so many things you can use them for!
Making edible food paint is easy and there are so many fun things you can do with it! It’s something I’ve been using on my baked goods more and more to make them more eye-catching. You can use edible food paint on anything, but it works best on a flat, light-colored surface that isn’t super porous. This this is a great edible paint recipe for cakes, like fondant.
I’ve also tried to paint on French macarons and this worked really well too!
In case you want to try it for yourself, I’m sharing this easy recipe for how to make edible food paint. It only takes two ingredients and a few seconds! You’ll notice that I used vodka as the base for the paint. The alcohol will evaporate as the paint dries, so when it is ready to eat it will be non-alcoholic, and safe for kids treats. If you’d like, you can use lemon extract for the base, but you may have a bit of a lemon taste on your final product.
Try to make the paint as concentrated as possible. If you put too much liquid on your baked good, it will start to erode the surface and leave a bit of an indent.
Gold luster paint is also easy to make. My motto is, ‘gold makes everything better’. It’s so amazing! It should also be very concentrated, and will quickly separate from the vodka. Stir it frequently, and take the paint that is closes to the bowl edge so you can press the brush up the side of the bowl and press out some of the liquid. Gold paint will also work for all of the desserts I mentioned above (cookies, cakes, fondant, macarons), but it will also work if you want to paint chocolate! The more concentrated, the better.
A few ideas for what to do with edible food paint are after the recipe, but the only limit is your imagination!
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How to Make Edible Food Paint & Gold Food Paint
A quick tutorial for how to make edible food paint and gold food paint. They are easy to make and there are so many things you can use them for!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 tablespoon
- Category: Dessert
- Method: No bake
- Cuisine: American
Edible Food Paint Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon vodka or lemon extract (per color)
- Liquid or gel food coloring
Edible Gold Paint Ingredients:
Make the Edible Food Paint:
- Mix the ingredients in a small stain-resistant bowl, adding more coloring or vodka as needed until color reaches desired concentration.
Make the Edible Gold Paint:
- Mix the ingredients in a small stain-resistant bowl, adding more luster or vodka as needed. ‘Paint’ should be pretty concentrated and will have to be constantly stirred, as it will separate. The best ‘technique’ is to dab the brush where the liquid meets the bowl and press the brush against the side to remove excess liquid.
Don’t worry about painting with alcohol on cake or desserts for children. The alcohol will evaporate as the paint dries and will be gone by the time they are eaten! The same goes for the taste. Edible food paint should be tasteless.
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