How To Get "true Red" Buttercream???

Decorating By Leetzie Updated 24 Jan 2009 , 3:50pm by Carolynlovescake

Leetzie Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 6:46am
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I'm sure someone out there has the answer to this question. My friend made a Santa cake and couldn't get her buttercream to turn a true red. She used the Wilton red gel color (a whole jar) and it was a dark pink color. The last time I made red I used a whole jar of McCormick's red food coloring and some wilton gel and mine still wasn't deep red. So, how can you get buttercream a real deep red color???

Thanks,

Lisa

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mariela_ms Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 6:55am
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I've used the wilton and the americolor and they both work pretty good. But Americolor works better. What I do is put the color in and let it sit for a while. THat's what I do with the black too, and then it turns darker by itself.

Also when I start using the buttercream and it crusts it turns darker.

HTH

milissasmom Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 7:02am
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I use Americolor Super Red, letting it sit helps the color deepen a bit. Good luck.

Leetzie Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 12:11pm
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Does anyone know where Americolor can be purchased? I don't think I have seen it at Micheals or JoAnn's.

Thanks

Eisskween Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 12:17pm
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Originally Posted by Leetzie

Does anyone know where Americolor can be purchased? I don't think I have seen it at Micheals or JoAnn's.

Thanks




I order mine online from the Vanilla Food Company.

http://www.vanillafoodcompany.ca/default.asp

But it's in Canada. Try googling Americolor and you may find a place in the states that carries it.

Good luck!

dmhart Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 12:41pm
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I use Decopac's super red it does a real good job giving you a true red without the bitter taste.

sugarwishes Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by Leetzie

Does anyone know where Americolor can be purchased? I don't think I have seen it at Micheals or JoAnn's.

Thanks




No they don't sell americolor at any local stores. I buy mine at global sugar art

tdybear1978 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 1:46pm
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I also use americolor and it works great, you don't have to use a ton to get the color you want and it does not alter the taste

eldag0615 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 1:51pm
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I use Americolor and it gets really red, and is true, after it "sits" it gets darker. I got mines at Sams. bakery dept. You just ask them

LittleBigMomma Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 1:52pm
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I order Americolor from cakesbysam.com

Carolynlovescake Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 3:50pm
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When using Wilton colors get it a good solid orange first then add your no taste red.

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