How To Use Edible Paints For Fondant

Last Updated on December 25, 2021

Looking for a unique and creative new way to decorate cakes? Enjoy painting? If you are wanting to take your cake decorating skills to the next level, you will want to know how to use edible paints for fondant.

Fondant is a great tool for decorating cakes as it creates a smooth, elegant surface. It also creates a great surface for decorating with edible paints.

Edible paints are food-grade and safe to eat. They allow you to paint different shapes, patterns, designs, or pictures onto your cake. Though it may take some practice to get your painting skills down, once you get it the end result will be beautiful.

What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial For How To Use Edible Paints For Fondant


To make and use edible cake paint for fondant, you will need:


  • 1 package white mini marshmallows (16 ounces)
  • 2-5 tablespoons water
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted (about 8 cups)
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Edible fondant paint:

  • Lemon extract or Vodka
  • Gel food coloring


  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sifter
  • Rubber spatula
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Food grade paint brushes
  • Fondant smoother
  • Palette
  • Toothpicks
  • Cake
  • Paper towels
  • A small glass of water

Step By Step Instructions

edible fondant paint

Step one: make your marshmallow fondant

Place the marshmallows and two tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl, then microwave in 30-second intervals. Continue microwave in the mini marshmallows in 30-second intervals until fully melted, about two and a half minutes.

Step two: form the fondant

Sift your powdered sugar and place 3/4 of it on top of your melted marshmallows. Using a rubber spatula, fold the powdered sugar into the melted marshmallows until combined.

Then, grease your hands and countertop generously with vegetable shortening and place the fondant on the counter. Begin kneading the fondant-like dough and add the remainder of the powdered sugar in. Continue kneading the fondant until it is no longer sticky.

It can take up to eight minutes to knead the fondant to the right consistency. If it becomes too dry, add up to a couple more tablespoons of water and knead the water in.

Step three: allow fondant to sit

Once your fondant is ready, let it sit overnight. Cover it in a layer of vegetable oil and then cover it in two layers of plastic wrap then place it in a Ziploc bag and store it in a cool, dry location. This will let your fondant relax and develop.

Step four: cover your cake with fondant

The next day, use a rolling pin to roll out your fondant on a surface greased with vegetable shortening. Roll it so that is flat and thin. Then, place your fondant carefully over your cake that is frosted with buttercream and trim off any excess.

Using a fondant smoother, smooth out the fondant to create a smooth, clean surface. This will make for a better surface to paint on, as you don’t want any bumps or creases.

Step five: make the edible paint

Using a paint palette, add around one teaspoon of lemon extract or vodka to each well. Then, add several drops of gel food coloring to each well. Use a toothpick to swirl the gel food coloring and lemon extract or vodka together to create your paint.

Step six: paint the fondant cake

Using a food-grade paintbrush, paint your desired design onto your fondant cake. The edible paint will have a similar consistency to watercolor paint, so be sure to not get too much on your brush at once. If desired, you can try painting on a scrap piece of fondant first before painting your cake.

Paint your main focal points first before proceeding with the accents. Allow the paint to dry for five to ten minutes before you add onto it with other colors. The lemon extract and vodka will dry up quickly in your palette, so be sure to only make a little paint at a time.

If using different colors, dip the paintbrush in water and then wipe it off with a paper towel before moving on to your next color. Once your fondant cake is fully decorated, allow it to fully dry before serving it.

Tips And Tricks

As the edible paint dries, the vodka will evaporate, so it will be safe for kids to eat. If you use lemon extract instead of vodka, you may notice a slight lemon taste on your cake.

Instead of making your own fondant and edible paint, you can buy your own as well. However, making your own edible paint allows you to make whatever shade you would like.

It is best to use white fondant as a base for painting, as this will allow colors to show through the best. You can also use any color of fondant if you are feeling creative, just be sure to remember that the colors might not show up as well.

If you would like to make your edible paint more exciting, you can add some edible glitter to it. Just add a small shake of your food-grade glitter to your paint and mix it up with a toothpick. You will then have beautiful, glittering paint that will look amazing on your cake.

Incredible Edible Food Paints

edible fondant paint

Using edible paints for fondant is a great way to make a show-stopping cake. The paint is great for using on fondant and will allow you to show off your artistic skills, no matter your skill level. You can easily make it at home and create different colors as well, all while using food-grade products.

Your friends and family will be impressed by the incredible decorating, as with the right practice you can look like a professional. Painting a cake is great for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, or any special occasion. Unlike other types of frosting, fondant is a great surface to paint on because it is so smooth and sturdy.

Did you enjoy this tutorial on how to use edible paints for fondant? If so, please share your thoughts in the comment section below and share this post with fellow bakers that enjoy cake decorating.

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