I need to make a bunch of red roses to cascade down a cake. How do i get the deep red? So far all I can come up with is fuschia! Is this what I would use petal dust for? I'd have to order it so I'd like some advice on what to purchase.
Do people ever airbrush the flower after it's made?
Yes, that is what petal dust is for. Make some red gumpaste, or even a "red family" color, and get some red petal dust. There are several shades available, from maroon to red to deep pink, burgundy, etc. It just depends on what you want. I'd browse global sugar art and see what color pops your cork.
Dust it on and steam the flower.
You can use an airbrush, but it doesn't give as nice a color as the dust, and the flower won't look as authentic.
I don't have a ton of experience, but I did make some red gumpaste flowers for my final cake class assignment (picture is in my photos). I did exactly this. I dyed my gumpaste red and then when my roses were dried I dusted them with red petal dust. I also did this with the other flowers in that arrangement and I think they came out pretty good. I just dyed the gumpaste a certain shade and dusted with petal dust in the same family but a darker shade. I didn't think of steaming them but thanks Karateka! I will definitely keep this in mind for the next time!
Thanks for your reply. What does steaming do to the flowers? Will a clothes steamer work?
A clothes steamer will work just fine. The steam sets the petal dust so it does not come off.
That makes sense, thanks!
I hear it also sort of blends it so it has a more natural look, rather than a painted on look. I will be trying it in a week or so.
I just finished a cake this afternoon w/red poinsettias. http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1291905 I purchased the red gumpaste from Global Sugar Art. It is made by Marcela Sanchez and it is wonderful to work with. You can roll it out very thin and it doesn't tear. The color deepens some when it dries. You could also add some color to it if you need it darker. HTH