kellygray79 Posted 9 Apr 2008 , 8:57pm
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Has anyone used the "Candy-n-cake Powdered Food Color"? There are no instructions on the container and I didn't have much luck finding anything online - I am stumped.

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veejaytx Posted 9 Apr 2008 , 9:10pm
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Never heard of that brand, but I have used the Country Kitchens powders. Just mix small amounts at a time into your icing, the colors are pretty strong, at least in the C.K. brand. HTH

kellygray79 Posted 9 Apr 2008 , 9:20pm
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How do you use or can you use the powdered coloring on gumpaste?

CarriM Posted 11 Apr 2008 , 12:19am
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I would just knead a small amount of it into the gumpaste. If the color seems to dry it out, add a little bit of shortening. Good luck!

mamaTinTexas Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 4:43pm
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kellygrey79

I don't know if you still need information about the powdered food coloring, but I use it all the time and love it. I make cookies and have a recipe for a glaze that I put the food coloring into. I can't use the liquid because it causes the glaze not to set up.  Just start with a small amount and make sure it is mixed in well. then add more depending on the desired color.

-K8memphis Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 4:50pm
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yeah--i got some of that stuff!!! love the red in that brand

 

i like it because i don't have to think if i'm grabbing the right one for the chocolate--it's powder--no worries

 

i do use it on fondant and gum paste and i always hold my breath hoping it dissolves and does not streak and it has always worked for me

 

but i usually use gel for fondant/gum paste but i have def used the powder and it works although not my first choice for it

AZCouture Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 5:23pm
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I use that brand. I like it for coloring GP and fondant and not having it turn to goo, like can happen with gel colors. Good for painting and dusting edible decorations.

AZCouture Posted 8 Jan 2013 , 5:24pm
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I should say, for dark colors, cause sometimes I need so much gel color it just makes the fondant/GP too soft and gooey even, sometimes. Not so with powder though.

SunshineBaker Posted 21 Jan 2013 , 8:43pm
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Thank you AZCouture for your comments.  I have been having problems with my colored fondant being too "wet" when I need intense colors.  I just read that someone used powdered colors and was researching this.  Are the Crystal Colors the same or similar?  I have two of those (Carrot Orange and Majestic Purple) but haven't used them much.  When I first tried the Majestic Purple by itself, it turned the fondant kind of gray.  I then added a little of lavender gel paste and Pfffff!!, the color became very intense.  Would appreciate any other advice on using powders.
 

FromScratchSF Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 4:22am

You need to activate the powdered color before trying to work it into your fondant or gumpaste - take your powder and add a few drops of Everclear or vodka to make a paste.  Then add THAT to your fondant or gumpaste.  The liquid evaporates out and the colors blend beautifully without making it gummy or soft.

 

Yes, you can use Crystal Colors too.

SunshineBaker Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 6:27pm

Thank you, thank you!!  I will definitely try this!

Herekittykitty Posted 22 Jan 2013 , 7:18pm

Yup, what From ScratchSF said.  I use them all the time.  I really like them for coloring chocolate/candy clay.  Mix with a tiny bit of veg oil to dissolve and add to white chocolate and you get any color needed.

danj4450 Posted 22 Feb 2013 , 2:12am

I have used it for over 20 years! I love it. In fact, I am at the end of my #6523 red (real red!!!) and am now searching to find some more. It is great for batters, cookies, frosting, and chocolate. I also use it with a bit of clear vanilla to paint. FEb 2013

milkmaid42 Posted 22 Feb 2013 , 3:07am

I, too, have used it for several years. I mix it in with the powdered sugar when making MFF to get a deep color without affecting the texture of the fondant. When I use it with gum paste, small amounts that I haven't previously colored, I mix it into some Crisco and then knead it in. I just love it.

 

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