Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fondant And Edible Ink Cake Decorations

I was recently asked to decorate a birthday cake for a computer programmer with computer logos and symbols and I was honestly stumped for a while.

I first thought I could use royal icing but I wanted something that would allow me to create sharper lines so I decided to draw the images onto rolled fondant using edible ink markers. The fondant was smooth, easy to roll and the ink took to it nicely and dried quickly.

My only complaint is that the ink in the markers wasn't always as vibrant as I liked. Sometimes it looked a bit translucent.

And, I guess I do have one more complaint - I wish I could draw better. Drawing isn't my forte which is why I'd like to try painting onto fondant using brushes and food coloring. Maybe something abstract?

Fondant can be purchased at cake decorating and craft stores. Knead the fondant with your hands to warm it and soften it before rolling.

That small ball of fondant went a long way. I rolled the fondant on a sheet of parchment paper.

I used cookie cutters to cut different shapes.

Americolor edible ink pens.

Let the ink dry completely before adding the decorations to your cake.