Making Red Icing With The Wilton Gel Colors

Decorating By lindseyelaine Updated 4 Jul 2008 , 5:27pm by lindseyelaine

lindseyelaine Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 4:14pm
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How do you get your icing REAL RED icon_evil.gif
I always get a pinkish looking color with the gel colors...
any tips?

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sjmoral Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:00pm
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I just colored some icing for an Elmo cake and had to send my dh for a 2nd container of the no taste red icon_eek.gif I have no other ideas than to just keep adding more gel until you get your desired color.

bathoryjones Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:05pm
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You can try making it pink first then adding in a bunch of red...that sometimes helps. In the past when I have made red I have to use a lot. Icing tends to get darker as it sits so you can try and get it as dark as possible and let it sit a bit to see if it darkens up.

KonfectionKonnection Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:06pm
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It takes roughly 1 ounce "No Taste Red" per cup of BC. Some people start w/ a dark pink, as it's easier to get, then start adding red. (Red and black just take a lot of color.)

Another trick is to try to make only as much as you need, so you can work w/ a smaller amount. (Of course if you have extra, keep in mind that it freezes well. That way, if you only need a small amount later, you will already have it made.)


msauer Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:09pm
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I swear by Americolor, but if you don't have those available to you, I was taught to go with ORANGE first and then start adding the red.

Good Luck!

KonfectionKonnection Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:09pm
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Ooops! Make that 1/2 ounce--I just went and looked at my bottle. It takes about a whole small bottle, or 1/2 of the taller bottle. (Approximately)

SUELA Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:09pm
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I have students who used strawberry jello powder to get flavour and color, another idea is kool aid (would help cut down sweetness as well). I always recommend cherry juice as the liquid to add color and flavour, then add the red. I have some students who add a little black to deepen the red as well. Other than that start by making a very deep pink, then start adding your red, either way it takes alot of WILTON red to get a deep red.

jaklotz1 Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:14pm
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A lady at a local cake shop gave me a great tip for red icing that I swear by. I use a combination of the Wilton no taste red and powdered red coloring. The powdered red also has no taste to it. I also try to make my red at least one day in advance so that it can sit over night and darken. The powdered color is use is called Candy-n-Cake powdered food color and is a CK product.

Kate714 Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:19pm
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I know this doesn't help you out now, but for next time, get some Americolor!! I only use Americolor for red and black. You can order it online.

lindseyelaine Posted 4 Jul 2008 , 5:27pm
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Thanks everyone! I know I might ask some obvious questions sometimes, but I'm pretty new to all this. I'm 17 and I really want to get into the cake decorating business, so for now I'm just trying to pick up all the little tips and tricks I can.

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