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?!
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
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. )
it's possible. Next time, try coloring it orange first, then adding red. That works really well for me.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
Umm... yeah, same here. Sucks Big time! Guess I'll be buying black and red from now on...
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.
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.
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.
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
sayhellojana- I think the brown of cocoa powder will calm the bright red, giving it a warmer tone.
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.
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.
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!!!!!