How Do You Make Red Icing?

Decorating By tinascakes Updated 2 Aug 2005 , 5:13pm by tabs8774

tinascakes Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 9:21pm
post #1 of 20

Does anyone have any advise on how to make red icing? I have used Wiltons red red, no taste red, and Christmas red. They all turn out pink icon_cry.gif .

19 replies
nanni Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 9:24pm
post #2 of 20

I HATE RED ICING and seem to use alot of it. I buy it already made from my local cake supply store (same with the black!) then add my icing to it and it I have to add a bit of red color to it I do-that way I have more and it lasts longer. I wish I could help ou other than that! I am sure there are alot of words of wisdom coming your way though!

Misska21 Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 9:32pm
post #3 of 20

Americolor is supposedly the best when it comes to red and black, I personally have never tried them but definitely will if I ever have to make red again. I made an Elmo cake a few months ago and the only thing I can tell you is that you are going to use A LOT of the wilton shades of red. I just kept adding it until I got the color pretty close to what I wanted and then I let it sit over night, it seemed to darken a bit. HTH and Good luck!


antonia74 Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 10:33pm
post #4 of 20

I now only use Americolor for red and black royal icing. It's UNBELIEVABLE how vivid they are with just a few drops.

Are you trying to make buttercream? I haven't done that in red or black yet, but I'm confident it is the only brand that seems to get close enough.

tinascakes Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 10:46pm
post #5 of 20

I have tried using buttercream and royal icing. I just can't get it. Is Americolor available in craft stores?

antonia74 Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 10:48pm
post #6 of 20

I called and emailed their website. An employee called me back with two phone numbers for suppliers in Canada, one in Mississauga, Ontario and the other in British Columbia.

You can order off the site direct in the States, I think?

tinascakes Posted 30 Jul 2005 , 10:56pm
post #7 of 20

Thanks, I'll check it out.

littlebubbieschocolates Posted 31 Jul 2005 , 1:54am
post #8 of 20

i use no taste red and christmas red plus i add alittle juice from the m. cherries.. or i add alittle black and that helps too

leily Posted 31 Jul 2005 , 1:58am
post #9 of 20

I read a tip somewhere on here that you start with a dark pink icing, then add your red. I tried this and it was the best red color I have gotten so far. I used a pink that i had on hand then started adding red, it worked a lot better and faster.

Hope this helps.

SweetCreations Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 5:26am
post #10 of 20

Hey Tina,
I found a Red Powder at my local supply store and it really makes a Beautiful Red color.before I found the powder I had a time getting the red to be red not Pink PINK... hehehe. I make a base with Wiltons Red Red then just add some red powder to it or you can use it alone.
Check out My Elmo cake he is about as Red as you can get =0)
Good Luck!
~Sweet~ =0)

cakemommy Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 5:29am
post #11 of 20

Simple solution no additional steps to take......AMERICOLOR!!!


tinascakes Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 6:39pm
post #12 of 20

I love the Elmo cake. Today I tried making the pink and then adding red. It worked out okay, but I would still like a better red. I'll have to look for the red powder this week. What is it called?

cakemommy Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 7:02pm
post #13 of 20

The brand of powder colors I have is called Crystal Colors!


cocopuff Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 7:20pm
post #14 of 20

I've never used the Americolor powder. Does it have an affect on the taste of the icing when using the red or black?

SweetCreations Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 9:01pm
post #15 of 20

Hey Tina,
The Red Powder is Mfg. for Ck products the Name on the lable is called Candy-N-Cake
here is the website
I have never tried AMERICOLOR colors because I havent seen them in any of the stores. icon_sad.gif
Hope you find it soon.. I know you will just love it!
~Sweet~ icon_rolleyes.gif

BJ Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 9:04pm
post #16 of 20

When I need red - I color the icing with pink first and then add red when using the gel colorings. I come up with a deep red everytime. See the roses on my graduation cake (bottom of my picture page). Good luck. thumbs_up.gif

SweetCreations Posted 1 Aug 2005 , 9:06pm
post #17 of 20

P.S. I forgot to mention there is no taste to the powders.
~Sweet~ =0)

caduchi Posted 2 Aug 2005 , 11:08am
post #18 of 20

Hi sweet,

I have tried a powder too, and all the teeth and thong were red.
I also have the same problem with my red, and i also haven't heard or seen this americolor any were here in europe.

The first i heard of it was here on CC.

tinascakes Posted 2 Aug 2005 , 2:54pm
post #19 of 20

Thanks everyone!!!

tabs8774 Posted 2 Aug 2005 , 5:13pm
post #20 of 20

start off with chocolate bc. it dosent have to be dark chocolate but dark enough to be brown. then add a little of the wilton paste color at atime. you will have red soo. i do it this way all the time. it also gives it a chocolate taste as opposed to the plain bc. hope this helps. icon_biggrin.gif

Quote by @%username% on %date%