Well, I needed to make some true red buttercream icing. I made it yesterday afternoon, hoping it would redden up. I used a whole jar of no taste red (the big jar), several dollops of Americolor Super Red, some fuchsia, and today, I added some Americolor Red Red. It's only a little darker than tomato soup red. Grrr. I don't need a whole lot, but I would rather use my own buttercream than the wilton tubes, although I bought those just in case.
So I have two questions:
How can I get it redder?
It's thinned a lot since I've added so much color...can I stiffen it some with a little powdered sugar or will that decrease the red color?
Ah, mission impossible!
I buy mine pre made from cincinnaticakeandcandy.com.
However, you also have the option of using your airbrush if you have one. It gives a good true red.
Another option is using red Kool-Aid.....but that flavors the icing, too.
Or....there's always fondant!
I've ofteh cut that tube from Wilton and scraped out the icing to mix w/about an wqual part of my recipe and it's just a great color. That Wilton stuff is soooooooo color saturated and stiff you can add it to white thin consistency & still come out w/a useable mixture.