Coloring Icings

Decorating By Cakeatier Updated 26 Mar 2009 , 2:18pm by Cakeatier

Cakeatier Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 6:42pm
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Hello everyone:

I am trying to make a birthday cake & need very bold colors. I need a red carpet that I am making from modeling chocolate. I also need purple & pink butter cream. What is the best type of coloring that I use. Should I use gel, paste or powder. What type of candy colors are there.

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jensenscakes Posted 25 Mar 2009 , 7:02pm
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I have always used gel or paste colors and if I want a really deep color I add a fair amount of color and mix it well and let it sit overnight and that will help darken it without putting gobs and gobs of color in.

kakeladi Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 1:39am
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Yes, gel colors (Americolor brand) is a great choice.
To make your purple - so you don't need to use a lot of color - start w/the pink as the base......save some out to add the purple to.
For the red.....you will need candy colors - they are oil based as opposed to the water base of gels & pastes.
It definately helps to make it at least the night before needing!

prterrell Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 1:44am
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You cannot use gel color w/ chocolate, it will cause it to seize. Only oil based colors can be used with chocolate.

Cakeatier Posted 26 Mar 2009 , 2:18pm
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Thank you for the tips I think they will help me alot

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