How Do I Make Black Fondant?

Baking By THECAKEPLACE Updated 19 Apr 2011 , 10:10am by sandeeb

THECAKEPLACE Posted 12 Dec 2008 , 11:17pm
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is there a trick to it b/c I can't seem to do it. any advice would be great.


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indydebi Posted 12 Dec 2008 , 11:37pm
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are you making fondant from scratch or buying it premade and adding color? What recipe or what brand are you using? What kind/brand of coloring? (for example, my cake supply shop tells me you can't use wilton colors in Choco-Pan because wilton is water based and the choco-pan has chocolate in it and it doesnt' mix well).

More info please.....

meliais Posted 14 Dec 2008 , 6:58pm
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when i make black fondant I normaly use chocolate fondant, and then I add black and blue till I got the black color.
But last week i made a mickey mouse cake, and i dooesn't have chocolte fondant, so, when i made an experiment: when i was melting marshmallows, I add a lot of black and brown.....actually t was a mess!...when i finally made the fondant the color i get was like purple....and then i add more black and blue, and brown......i think the blue is the key to make black fondant.......After adding a lot of food coloring, i finally got black (real black!)
but the taste was horrible!if you are going to deliver this cake to a costumer,is better to buy satin ice black fondant.I made it for my cousin so.....anyways we never taste fondant because is too sweet....i hope it helps...

Cakepro Posted 14 Dec 2008 , 7:01pm
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Americolor Super Black makes fondant black with minimal effort. I prefer to start with chocolate Satin Ice but have also done it plenty of times with white Satin Ice fondant. When adding Americolor Super Black to chocolate fondant, the chocolate taste overpowers any bitterness that the black color imparts. I tasted it myself and was quite surprised.

If you're kneading it into fondant, just lube up your hands well with shortening, being sure to get shortening under your nails and on your cuticles to protect your hands from staining or wear non-latex gloves. It's quite easy.

THECAKEPLACE Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 6:51pm
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MistyGirl2008 Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 6:55pm
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For black I also bought the Satin Ice pre-colored fondant because it tastes good and is really black.

leah_s Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 8:20pm
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Seriously, for black fondant, buy it.

Eisskween Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 8:28pm
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I agree with Leahs, Satin Ice makes a great black fondant, it's worth the money. It's a true black and tastes good as was mentioned. Using the colors never seem to work out for me.

Enjoy your day!

Bonnie151 Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 8:37pm
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Yeah, I buy my black fondant. I do colour small amounts of gumpaste black, but the amount of paste you need to use to colour fondant yourself and the amount of mess it makes is simply not worth it, IMO.

curliesue26 Posted 21 Dec 2008 , 9:01pm
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I make my own marshmallow fondant...I usually make it dark blue first, then knead in black (make sure you have a lot of shortening on your hands)...then let it sit for a while...the colors will darken as it sits. I have had good luck with this method...and no bad taste. Good luck!

sari66 Posted 22 Dec 2008 , 12:00am
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Buy it if you can

THECAKEPLACE Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 10:23pm
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KrissieCakes Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 10:36pm
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Most definitely! Anything would taste better than that stuff! But really, Satin Ice is really tastey. It has a vanilla flavor to it. Definitely buy it! On another forum someone said that if you call the company directly they will send you a sample. Not sure if they will only send white samples or if you can sample the colors, but it might be worth a call. The person that posted it said it was quite a large sample.

ailika Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 10:43pm
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Where can I find the Satin Ice fondant?

kandu001 Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 10:46pm
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I've only seen it online and not in stores.

tuffstuff Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 10:47pm
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I find the price of premade fondant ridiculous so I make my black fondant. I start with the MMF recipe and at the point where I add some powdered sugar into the melted MM, I add 1/2 a cup of Hershey's dark cocoa powder. Then I add maybe a couple of tsp. of wilton black gel color. It looks quite black and doesn't taste bad to me.
And I don't get the gel color on my hands at all because of the way I make my fondant. PM if you want me to explain it to you.

ailika Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 11:22pm
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Thank you Kandu001

icer101 Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 11:31pm
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i bought black satin ice from gobal sugar art with shipping and handling..... cheaper than i could buy it from paper town here in my area. just knead it and knead it over and over again. to get it really smooth..hth

MacsMom Posted 5 Jan 2009 , 11:36pm
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I make mine, too. I use a jar of powdered black and then add black gel food color. I find that cocoa powder gives mine a weird texture.

For covering an entire cake in black, I swear by Fondarific black in their buttercream flavor.

I find that SI black dries too fast and leaves little crumbs on your table. It also dries with too much of a matte finish for my preference.

tinygoose Posted 6 Jan 2009 , 12:06am
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Originally Posted by leahs

Seriously, for black fondant, buy it.

DITTO!! Save yourself some serious time and trouble. Satin Ice Black is very nice, and by the time you waste all your food color (and money) on trying to make it, you are going to end up going out and buying it anyway.

THECAKEPLACE Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 7:47pm
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summernoelle Posted 11 Jan 2009 , 7:52pm
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With black fondant, I ALWAYS buy it. However, I really needed it this week, and went to, and it was nowhere to be found! And they didn't respond to my email about it. So now, I am up the creek without a paddle because Global Sugar Art wouldn't have it in time. Can I dye my chocolate fondant to be black easily?

SRumzis Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 9:18pm
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If you dont have time to buy it, and you need a quick fix, use the darkest fondant you currently have, like a chocolate/brownish color, then get a can of black food coloring spray and spray it black... it'll take a few coats to get a nice black, but it'll work. Just make sure you let each spray layer dry first, or you'll get a gooey lumpy fondant surface!

lakish Posted 18 Apr 2011 , 9:43pm
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there is a great recipe for black fondant in this site.

i used it couple of times and it gives you very black fondant and tastes good(chocolaty icon_wink.gif )

sandeeb Posted 19 Apr 2011 , 10:10am
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I have a cake supply store and we sell black fondant from Satin Ice. It is very good; the only kind of fondant that I use. I sell a lot of black and red fondant and I have never had anyone complain. It's the best that I have ever used.
Also I have used black powdered color. It is a mess but it will turn really black. This is a good choice if you need just a small amount of black. If you can't find any without shipping being so expensive PM me and I tell you how to get some.

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