Edible Oil Paints

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Learn how to make beautiful edible oil paints.

Edible oil paint recipe for cake decorating tutorial
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Edible Oil Paint Recipe

A great recipe to create your own edible oil paints which work just like real oils, but are completely edible and usable on cake designs.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword edible oil paints
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 tsp
Calories 43 kcal


  • 1 tsp vegetable shortening start with 1 tsp and add more as you need
  • 1 bottle of powdered food coloring start with a little bit, add more to make color deeper
  • 1 piece of parchment paper


  1. Place the vegetable shortening on a piece of parchment paper.

  2. Sprinkle food coloring onto the vegetable shortening.

  3. Use an offset spatula to blend the color and shortening together, smashing the vegetable shortening down, then scraping up the color and shortening mix, and smashing it down again, to make sure the color thoroughly mixes with the shortening.

  4. Add more food coloring as needed until you have reached the desired color.

Recipe Notes

If using edible oils with a stencil to apply a design to a cake, you need to buff the color off first before taking the stencil off the cake.

Use a paper towel or facial sponge to lightly dab the color so that when you take the stencil off the cake it won't disrupt the design.

Nutrition Facts
Edible Oil Paint Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 43 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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