Am I Fooling Myself Trying To Get White Fondant To Turn Red?

Decorating By sweet1122 Updated 3 Jun 2009 , 12:31am by kylekaitlyn

sweet1122 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:26am
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I feel like I've dumped a ton of Americolor super red and its nothing more than a light red or dark pink. I've started to lose hope. Is it even possible?! icon_cry.gif

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howsweet Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:35am
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I've never used that brand, but just keep adding more. it may get too stretchy -- sometimes I add a bit of tylose, but cornstarch would probably work

indydebi Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:44am
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I feel for you. I know how tired my arms get with light coloring. I've never tried to color fondant ..... I always buy the red fondant. (Basically, I'm a lazy person and I just don't want to work that hard. icon_redface.gif )

sayhellojana Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:46am
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it's possible. Next time, try coloring it orange first, then adding red. That works really well for me.

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:47am
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Let it rest for at least a few hours, the more it sits the darker it will get. Americolor super red is a really good color and I've never had problems with it. I mix in enough to turn the fondant a deep pink and then wrap it up and let it sit until it develops into a rich vibrant red. Make sure you don't add too much color because it will cause your fondant to tear and be hard to work with. Good Luck.

sweet1122 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 3:02am
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Okay I feel like I have a deep pink right now. My husband says I have the red that's on the Pepsi can. I had to get someone else to look at it since I didn't know what color I had anymore! So if I let it sit it should magically deepen to a real rich red?

idjitmom Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:16am
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What just worked last weekend for me - I made candy clay w/ Wilton red candy melts & mixed it 50/50 w/ fondant. I had to add some red to it, but it ended up a real bright red, just what I wanted! I had to be careful not to handle it to much - for example, I rolled it out & let it sit for a few minutes before I started to work w/ it - but I've never had a better red, & it tasted great too.

But that doesn't help you right now lol. The last time I made red I was in your situation. I let it sit all night & it got a deeper hot pink lol, but next to something red it obviously wasn't red. So I painted it (it was just circles for that cake) w/ airbrush color (w/ a paint brush, I didn't have an airbrush), & that did the trick, it was perfect!

CakeMommyTX Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:23am
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It should, I've never had a problem making red as long as I let it sit and develop. If you have the time let it sit over night and see what color you have in the morning.

sweetscake Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:26am
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A week ago, I learned the hard way how difficult it is to color fondant red! I feel for you, and most likely will buy red fondant from now on.

sweet1122 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:29am
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Umm... yeah, same here. Sucks Big time! Guess I'll be buying black and red from now on...

yamber82 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 4:33am
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i added some cocoa powder to try to darken mine up a bit first but it really just made the red a dull looking red but it got a little better after it sat. still not acceptable though so i used it and then lightly misted with red spray and it looke dperfect after that.

madras650 Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 2:07pm
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Coloring Fondant red or black is why I bought an airbrush machine. I color the fondant a dull black or red than I airbrush with the same color. It always turns out nice.

sayhellojana Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 10:43pm
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yamber - I'm a bit confused, why would you color your fondant with cocoa powder if you were trying to make red? I've herd of people doing that for black, but never red.

pattycakesnj Posted 2 Jun 2009 , 10:50pm
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I use the cocoa powder for any dark color I want to achieve, including dark blue and red. That said, with respect to red and black, I just order it premade, not worth the hassle. Good luck

Rylan Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:01am
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sayhellojana- I think the brown of cocoa powder will calm the bright red, giving it a warmer tone.

kylekaitlyn Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:14am
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When I need red I do the same as idjitmom - basically make red candy clay (melts and corn syrup). I then mix with fondant (although I guess you don't really have to use the fondant.) I add a little red color if I need to darken, but it is usually little if any that is needed.

jaybug Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:27am
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I always add a little bit of red koolaid to my melted marshmallows when I am making red mmf. Doesn't take much red coloring after that to get a nice bright red.

kylekaitlyn Posted 3 Jun 2009 , 12:31am
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What does the red Kool-Aid do to the flavor? I've heard of using Jell-o as well, but I can't imagine a cake iced in cherry jell-o. (It may just be my strange hang-up) I really wnat to give it a try, but haven't come across anyone who has done it. I'm so interested!!!!!

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