Gray Icing - Help!

Decorating By kelleyb Updated 7 Sep 2007 , 2:20am by DianeLM

kelleyb Posted 6 Sep 2007 , 11:26pm
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How do you make gray icing?

It sounds like a silly question, but every time I use just a little black in my white buttercream, it comes out green. icon_confused.gif I wonder if it's just the brand, or if it's old...

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deetmar Posted 6 Sep 2007 , 11:43pm
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What are you using for your buttercream, and white kind of coloring are you using?

I am having a problem with gray gumpast that is supposed to be black. I have decided to "paint" the bow loops to get them the right black color.

I know if you use butter flavored Crisco in your buttercream, it can really make the color not what you want.

I sometimes use chocolate buttercream, add black coloring, to get black icing.

kelleyb Posted 6 Sep 2007 , 11:48pm
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I'm using white crisco in my buttercream, and the color I used was black, but it wasn't Wilton brand. And it's definitely not new, but it makes wonderful black icing. Just not gray. And I need it to be gray!! icon_sad.gif

deetmar Posted 6 Sep 2007 , 11:53pm
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Sorry I can't help. I have never had mine turn green before, gray, but not green. I'm pretty new so I am sure someone more experienced can help.

Daisys_Cakes Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 1:12am
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It might be because you icing has a slightly yellow tint, to fix that I would try adding a little bit of purple which will conteract the yellow, then try adding the black again.


Liz1028 Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 1:21am
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Are you using real/imitation (brown) vanilla? Sometimes that has an affect on the coloring as well.

Use clear imitation vanilla if you can get it and you shouldn't encounter that problem.

The best colors I have found to use are the Americolor gels. I always get true colors when using this brand.

The final thought is that the color is just old.

A little bit of black should turn your white icing gray not green icon_surprised.gif .

Hope this was a little bit of help.

Sorry if it wasn't. Good luck though! thumbs_up.gif

vrmcc1 Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 1:27am
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My black food color was turning my icing green also because it was old. I bought a new one and make sure I stir it up before I use it.


DianeLM Posted 7 Sep 2007 , 2:20am
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Yep. It's old. Whenever your black comes out green or purple, it's time to replace.

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