How Do I Get A Dark Pink Icing Color?

Decorating By Av8rGrl Updated 31 Mar 2009 , 4:02pm by xstitcher

Av8rGrl Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 4:44am
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Hi everyone! I have been trying everything I can think of to get a dark pink color for fonant. I have tried witon rose, pink, burgundy, adding in purple and I cant even get it close. So I went to a local cake shop and the lady sold me Cake Craft Pink and said I shouldnt have a problem, but it just turns out hot pink no matter how much I put in. Does anyone have any suggestions? I attached a pic of the kind of color I am looking for, it doesnt have to be perfect, just something other than hot pink or a mauve color which I keep getting.

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paula19 Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 6:08am
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It's just a guess. I haven't tried making that color, but it looks to me like it's red mixed with dark pink... so I would maybe try a true red shade and mixing in burgandy. If not, then add a little bit of black? Or how about instead of burgandy, red with rose, and then add a little black so the color isn't bright? I haven't worked a lot with fondant, so I don't know how it'll with turn out, but it's worth a try, right? Hopefully it'll work out. Good luck icon_smile.gif

xstitcher Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 6:46am
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Maybe the mixing charts on this link might be able to help.
There are a couple of charts on page 1 and then on page 3 & 4 as well.

Here's another one as well:

sweetiesbykim Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 7:05am
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I was just at the Capital Area Cake Show last weekend, and heard more than one very popular cake designer state they use powdered coloring. Beth Parvu's name was mentioned that her products work very well for this purpose. I haven't tried it yet, but they were referring to dark colors, like red. The people I heard this from were on Food TV cake challenges, so they should be pretty trustworthy with their advice. Hope this helps icon_smile.gif

stephaniescakenj Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:23pm
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you should be able to achieve this color by mixing red with pink. start with pink and slowly work in red so you don't go too far. if it's still not right, you might want to add just a drop of purple and then when you're all done, if it's still not quite right, maybe you can brush the cake with a pink luster dust like maybe Ruby or Claret.

djs328 Posted 29 Mar 2009 , 3:38pm
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Sometimes I add in a tiny bit of brown instead of black to deepen a color...has worked well with making that color in chocolate, too. HTH!

Av8rGrl Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 2:32pm
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Thanks for all the help. Im still having so much trouble with this color, not sure why but I have ended up with every other red/pink/purple color there is. I went to another cake shop yesterday and they gave me cake craft fushia, well that turned out purple. I might go with trying to find a luster dust to help with the color...I think I remember seeing a color close to it at the local cake shop...

mlharvell Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 2:48pm
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Originally Posted by djs328

Sometimes I add in a tiny bit of brown instead of black to deepen a color...has worked well with making that color in chocolate, too. HTH!

I agree. DO NOT use black. You will get a FUNKY color. Brown should do the trick.

xstitcher Posted 31 Mar 2009 , 4:02pm
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Are you giving the icing time to darken? If you haven't you should probably let it sit for a while and see if that helps (overnight would be great). I know that lots of darker colours will darken over time.

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