How to Make Edible Gold Paint Without Alcohol

Do you have a child who is interested in painting? If so, they may be excited to learn that there are many different types of paint available. One type of paint that kids might enjoy using is edible gold paint without alcohol. This recipe includes items such as vegetable oil, powdered sugar, and corn starch. Children will love the taste of this delicious icing!

Making different types of paint may sound complicated, but it can be easier than expected. One type of paint that many artists use is edible gold paint without alcohol. This article will show you how to make edible gold paint without alcohol in a few simple steps! 

How to Make Edible Gold Paint Without Alcohol

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Alcohol in Edible Gold Paint:

Alcohol is a common ingredient in homemade edible gold paint. It’s a cheap and easy way to add fluidity and prevent clogging of the applicator. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why you should not use alcohol when painting with edible paints:

  1. Alcohol dries out quickly, which can cause an excessive amount to be used.
  2. It evaporates quickly.
  3. It can make the paint too thick to use easily or apply smoothly.
  4. Using it will break down your ingredients, which impacts your edible painting products’ color, texture, and durability.
  5. Alcohol is flammable, which means it could be dangerous to use around candles, open flames, or heating elements.
  6. Alcohol can also have a numbing effect on the taste buds making it more difficult to detect sweet and acidic flavors in candies and paints.
  7. Using alcohol with sugar-based products can cause them to crystallize, leading to grainy or gritty textures that affect their appearance and taste.
  8. Alcohol-based paints may not be safe for consumption by children, pets, or pregnant women due to the unknown effects of inhaling or ingesting tiny amounts over a long period.
  9. Using alcohol can significantly increase your cost per serving because it increases the weight of your ingredients which decreases the yield.
  10. Many varieties of candy require alcohol-based paint to maintain their desired shape after being painted, so trying to use edible paint without it can affect your final product.   

12 Ways on How to Make Edible Gold Paint Without Alcohol:

1. Cinnamon Powder

Probably the most common because of its availability and low cost. Not recommended for painting with a brush because it has a beautiful grain that doesn’t stick too well to smooth surfaces. However, if you want to paint on sweets or things like lollipops, the cinnamon powder works great! It will also actually become sweet after it’s applied.

We Recommend Using Neon Colors

2. Canned Food Coloring

You’ll need one or more can(s) of regular food coloring (not gel) for this method. We recommend using neon colors because they are the most vibrant and have less odor than others. Get your favorite flavor/color of cake or frosting, open it up, and mix in some food coloring.

3. Water Colors

Mainly used for painting on cookies or other dry surfaces, the results turn out quite well if you use a decent paintbrush! To activate it, add a small amount of glycerin to the watercolor before mixing it into your frosting.

4. Edible Luster Dust

This type of paint is made from wonderful particles of mica, which gives it its shimmer. It’s typically used as a topping for cupcakes or other desserts to make them look pretty. However, if you mix it with some simple syrup (1:3 ratio) and water (or alcohol), it can be used just like regular food coloring to paint with.

5. Acrylic Paint  

This method requires many more steps than the others, so only use it if you are willing to do all of them. Begin by buying an acrylic paint set (that includes white) and painting with the color of your choice on wax paper or something similar that doesn’t absorb paint.

Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours, then scrape it into a bowl along with some oil-based frosting. Mix them until there are no streaks, then use it as you would regular food coloring to paint with.

6. Baby Powder

It stinks like hell to do anything with, but the results are excellent! When painting, be sure to wear a mask and avoid breathing in the powder. Also, note that it will leave behind a white residue on just about anything you paint with it, so use this for decorations or things that aren’t meant to be eaten.

Edible Luster Dust Is Made From Wonderful Particles of Mica

7. Gold Glitter Gel

This is the best option since it tastes like sugar and is edible, but be careful since the gold flecks might become trapped in your airways if you’re not careful (you won’t realize until after you’ve swallowed them). Also, note that this paint is thicker than most others, so add a little simple syrup or condensed milk to thin it down a bit.

8. Gold-Infused Frosting

This is the best way to paint with gold because you can make it in minutes, and it tastes delicious! Mix some gold-infused powder into some frosting. Use the same amount of powder as you would with regular food coloring.

If making it with condensed milk, remember that there’s already plenty of sugar in it, so use very little, or your result will be too sweet to paint with (we recommend using no more than 1/4 tsp per cup of frosting).

9. Powdered Sugar

Since powdered sugar is just very fine grains of regular sugar, this works almost precisely like cinnamon powder. Again, it’s not for use with a brush because it will only stick to smooth surfaces. However, if you want to paint on lollipops or cookies, the powdered sugar works great! It will also actually become sweet after it’s applied.

10. Corn Syrup

Mix 1 part corn syrup to 3 parts simple syrup (1:3 ratio) and add your favorite food coloring to get the best results. You can use regular or gel colors, but we recommend using neon because they are the most vibrant and have less odor than others. Thin this down a little with water if needed.

11. Isomalt

This type of substance is mostly used to make fake rocks and other decorations for model train sets, but it has the same consistency as rock candy! It does take some time and effort to work with, but if you want these sorts of visuals for your cakes and cupcakes, we recommend using Isomalt. Just be sure to mix it with a bit of sugar at first (1:4 ratio) until you get the right consistency for what you want.

12. Gold Buttercream

This is a much easier method than the other ones, but it doesn’t work as well if you want a lot of gold. Begin by making a batch of regular buttercream frosting and adding the gold powder to it. Since there’s already a lot of sugar in this, we recommend using no more than 1/4 tsp per cup of frosting.

Some Tips and Suggestions:

adding water to the cornstrarch

1. Please make sure to add in a little bit of water at a time when adding the cornstarch. If it is too thick, add a little more water. But make sure you don’t add too much because the mixture will become diluted and won’t be effective anymore. If it becomes too diluted, you can try to save this paint by adding more cornstarch.

2. Do not heat the mixture over a stove or microwave because this will ruin the paint and make it unusable. Also, if you choose to heat the mix to try and sterilize your paint (which is often suggested), please remember that overheating can kill the food coloring, too, thus making it useless.

3. Although it may be tempting to want to save unused paint, please note that this paint loses its effectiveness after a few days if not used. Therefore, it is best to make small batches at a time to use the whole batch.

4. This paint works best on tight spaces or can easily be covered with tight fabric (such as a tea hat). When trying to paint onto something more significant, the paint will dry faster, and you won’t have enough time to smooth out or spread out your gold paint.

5. If you are making this for an event, it is best to make small batches, so if you don’t use it all up in one event, you can save it for the next one. However, this paint does lose its effectiveness after a few days if not used, so we would suggest making enough for one event at a time.


The goal of this article was to give you a step-by-step guide on how to make edible gold paint without alcohol. Making edible gold paint without alcohol is not only possible; it’s easier than you might think. All ingredients are found in most kitchens or grocery stores and can be mixed to create a beautiful metallic-looking food coloring that tastes like vanilla.

We hope that by following these instructions, you will be able to enjoy making your own DIY Gold Paint and have fun with it! This is an easy project for someone who wants to get creative in the kitchen or craft room. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Jennifer Branett
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