I'm new to cookie decorating and have just begun to outline and flood. As far as black RI goes are you able to color the icing w/ the gel based black coloring?...are you able to make it that dark enough and not gray?
Hi! Welcome to our little cookie world! Other may have thoughts to help, but here is what I do. First of all, I swear by Antonia74s RI recipe. Ever since I switched to that, no bleeding with black (just make sure it is completely dry). Here is the link to the recipe, if you need it:
One thing though about the recipe in general, she is from Canada and her MP has vanilla flavor built in whereas ours here in the states does not, so I add 1 tsp. pure van. extract during the last minute of mixing. If I need it to be white, I use ¾ tsp. instead and balance the color with Americolor Bright White.
I mix it up, going more for thick and creamy, vice fluffy. For black, I add dark cocoa (I use Hersheys Special Dark) to get it about medium brown-ish (that hint comes from SweetDreamsAT). I then add Americolor Super Black, but not as black as I will need it to be in the end as I let it sit overnight to deepen. This way you use less black coloring. Hope this helps!
I use americolor balck too - and it does get black, particularly if you color it to a dark gray and let it sit overnight to deepen. I have never gotten a true black from wilton color, though.
I used Americolor "Super Black" today and a few drops make a dark black RI. It was great! Wilton colors are not that strong. You have to start with a chocolate base and use a ton of gel.
Chefmaster colors works great too..
I'll be ordering some Super Black and Super Red coloring from Americolor!! I wish I had a store near by so I wouldn't have to spend so much on the shipping & handling. I haven't had much luck with Wilton Black or their Red unless I use just about the whole bottle!! Yuk!
Thanks everyone for your advise.
I agreee about Wilton. I had to use an entire bottle of Wilton red to color a red velvet cake and it STILL wasn't red enough. Plus you have to dig it out of the container-very messy. Now I'm a convert to Americolor. I but the large bottles to save on shipping. I should be their spokesperson!