Fondant icing to look like a pastry top?

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    Sophie Hurley New Member

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    Hi, I'm trying to make a birthday cake for a friend and want it to look like a pie. Any ideas how I colour the fondant to a nice golden brown pie colour? I've experimented with various gels but just can't seem to get it right! Thanks so much for any help. Sophie.
     
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    Use food colors and an artists brush.

    Or you can sponge on colors onto the fondant instead of a brush.

    You might practice in on a excess piece of fondant until you get it looking the way you want.
     
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    Thank you. I've tried mixing various colours but just can't seem to get the golden pastry colour I want. Also, Do you think it's better to paint it on than mix it into the fondant?
     
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    I would probably do a little of both.
    A light shade in the fondant, and a darker shade on the outside to give it that "baked" look.

    You might also try an airbrush if you have one.
     
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    Thank you, I think I'm going to have to try a non metallic gold food colouring to see if that works. I spent all afternoon mixing different gel colours but just couldn't get a golden pie colour. I never realised it would be so difficult. I also tried coffee but that didn't work either.
     
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    Ok, just cracked it I think. Yellow gel with a little brown liquid makes a good tan colour, I just need to make different shades now so it looks like a real pastry pie top. Thanks for your help.
     
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    This sounds interesting, please do show us some photos of the finished product! I made a fruitcake that looked like a whisky barrel once, but that would be too dark for what you're looking for.

    You could experiment with using a blow torch to char the edges a little, and perhaps dust it with some powdered sugar to look like it's floury.
     
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