Ingredients (this recipe makes 4 cups):
- 1 bag (32 oz) confectioner’s sugar (sifted)
- 4 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp orange extract (or vanilla)
- 1 cup hot water
Color: Separate into cups and stir in food coloring.
Paint large areas: Pastry paint should be the consistency of honey. If neccessary, use toothpick to clean out the 3-d detail. Use needle to pop air bubbles in exposed areas.
Fine detail: Pastry paint should be the consistency of water color paint. Use fine brush. Or, for more intense color, dip brush directly into coloring gels (not too tasty though).
Thin: Heat or add drops of hot water or glycerin and stir.
Decorate: With sugars etc. use pastry paint as adhesive layer and then sprinkle with sugars, cookie/graham cracker crumbs, coconut or whatever!
Tip: First paint all areas to be left painted and allow to dry thoroughly. Then apply paint for sugaring etx in stages from darkest to lightest color. Allow to dry between each color. Clean excess sugar away and refine detail with soft tipped paint brush between each color.
Note, if wet paint touches sugar, it will run.
For easy application we use recycled ketchup containers or any type of squeeze bottle you can find to apply the pastry paint. Makes for easy application and clean up for kids!