How Do I Get The Frosting Red Enough For Nice Dark Red Roses

Decorating By sheilasite Updated 12 May 2009 , 12:15pm by bakingatthebeach

sheilasite Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:37pm
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Hi - i have an event coming up and I want to make really dark red
roses to put on top of my white cake, I have tried to add the
Wilton Red Rose coloring to the buttercream frosting but it doesnt
seem to come out really dark red, just a dark pink color. Is
there another color I need to add to make it a really dark red rose?


10 replies
bourbs Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:41pm
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I've seen on a few other sites to start with Wilton Pink coloring, then add enough of the red to get the darker color.
My SIL does this and gets a nice dark red.

Hope this helps...

RobzC8kz Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:46pm
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Americolor Super Red Gel color comes out perfect every time! And there's no nasty taste like in the old days. You can go as red as you need and it won't hurt a thing!

Also, I'll cheat a bit...I dye my BC/Fondant "dark enough" and then airbrush them darker if need be.

moufette Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:53pm
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Hi there! I haven't tried the Americolor so I don't know how it reacts, however, I find the Wilton No Taste Red is ok... You need to add A LOT..then wait. It takes time for the colour to be absorbed into the icing. Good luck!

jeking Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:56pm
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Some people add red jello in addition to Americolor super-red. You can also add some cocoa powder. That will help darken it a bit too.

RobzC8kz Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:56pm
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Yeah...good point Moufette! If you let the icing rest, the color developes!

mrsunknown Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 10:59pm
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for the colours red and black i used powdered food colouring, it is an oil based food dye and i have used it to colour bc, fondant, icecream, cakemixes, can also be used to colour chocolate as it is oil based. It is used alot for making candy/lollies.

i did a quick search on it and this is a link to a site that sells what i am talking about, it is not the one that i use but it gives you an idea of what i am talking about.

Hope that helps thumbs_up.gif

pattycakesnj Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 11:01pm
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I also start with a little cocoa powder, then the red and let it sit overnight to develop fully

shanna_banana Posted 1 May 2009 , 7:27am
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I tried adding a tiny bit of black and I got a really dark red color. I also used practically the whole container of Wilton's no-taste red. icon_lol.gif You might take a little bc and try the black and see if it works for you. If you don't like it then you can toss it, no harm done.

Adding a little black to other colors also makes them darker. I've tried it with blue and green and had really good results.

Just remember to add a LITTLE at a time...there's no going back. Good luck!

sheilasite Posted 12 May 2009 , 10:23am
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Hi - thanks for all the tips, I really appreciate it! Will try a few tonight!

bakingatthebeach Posted 12 May 2009 , 12:15pm
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Ive tried doing the chocolate frosting for red, turned burgundy, but if you get it pink and add alot of the red red to it and let it sit it will go to red. But most people I have red about use the Americolor and say it works the best and you dont have to use as much.

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