I find it very difficult to get a real RED color using wilton colors. Mine always comes out too light. Is this just me or are there any tricks out there I don't know about?
When I'm using Wilton colors to make a red, I have a little demitasse spoon and I spoon out about 2/3 of the larger container (I forget how many ounces that is) into my icing and then see if I need to add more. If you can get Americolor, switch to that. It will darken a bit if left overnight, so check it in the morning if you don't use it right away. Sometimes I use the precolored Wilton red icing that comes in a tube.
Try to use no-taste red if you stick to the Wilton brand.
hiya dj and welcome to cc. A lot of folkses on here have asked the same question and for the most part have given up on getting a good red from the wilton colors altogether. From what I have read, most folks on here use the Americolor "super red" gel color. And there are a coupla tricks to to gettin it even redder. First, they will color the icing with pink (make it dark) and then add the red food coloring (keeps it from getting orangy). But I am getting ahead of myself. o well, I hope the bump will have some of the other fine peeps on the site helping ya.
Good luck and welcome to a wonderful addiction!!
I usually start with pink, then add a LOT of no-taste red. TooMuchCake uses a nice elegant demitasse spoon, I use an old baby spoon. Whatever, the point is that toothpicks aren't going to cut it! You need a big ole glob of color. And definitely set overnight--the color deepens A LOT. I haven't had any trouble getting red, just don't be afraid to really add the color.
Thank you for your hints. I thought I was just crazy or something.
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Definitely the color will darken if you let it set up at least a few hours, if not overnight. I recently did a 3-D Spiderman, and my boys were laughing because it was "pink"! By the next morning however, it was definitely red! Whew, I was so glad - I didn't know what I was going to do with a pink Spiderman cake!