I make buttercream icing and I wanted to make it really red.
I bought a bottle of Red Red Americolor, but I put on a few drops, and it didn't turn out red at all. It was a bit lighter that I had in mind. How much of this should I be using? Should I use all of it in my icing?
Need Help! thanks..
You can use quite a bit, and it won't affect the flavor or texture. I am IN LOVE with Americolor now! Red is the first color I used of theirs, and I will never go back to Wilton again!
You definitely shouldn't have to use the whole bottle. I use Americolor Super Red (Red Red would probably be similar) and I would say it should take a few generous squeezes for an entire batch of buttercream. Also the color develops over time. You should notice a deepening of the color within a few hours.
Just keep on adding red color till the time it reached the intensity u want, if u are using americolor it shouldnt affect the taste. If i need red icing i make atleast 10 -12 hours before i would really need to use it. With time the red color deepens and becomes more intense
I use red liquid food coloring for this ( grocery store spice/baking isle)
and add it to my milk so it won't be too runny from the extra fluid.
Usually 3 Tablespoons. If it is too thin after mixing I add more sifted confectioners sugar until it is right.
Make pink first then add red.
I also use red food coloring but I hear Americolor is great ~ good luck!
Americolor super red always works for me, it does take a few hours to develop so make it the night before or early in the day. Then if you need to add more you can.
If you want red instantly and only want to use a few drops try chefmaster liqua gel colors. Same goes for black.
Icing that looks pink will dry red. If your wet icing is the red color you want then you have added way to much dye. Adding too much of any kind of red will affect the icing taste.
I test the color like this. Spread a spatula full of icing on the back of a white plate. Let it sit for half an hour, then check your color. Remember, it will darken even more overnight.
hey guys! thanks for all the feedback.. =)
I waited and the red color did came in later. It looks great! =) Especially on the cupcakes!
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God bless y'all!