Purple Fondant Changing Color

Decorating By Melchas Updated 8 Jun 2009 , 3:43pm by SJ169

Melchas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 2:41pm
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Has anyone had trouble with purple fondant changing color? I am doing a wedding cake in July and the bride wants deep purple flowers. I made some samples for her to see and left them exposed to sunlight and they changed color. I can always do BC flowers, but I would rather do fondant flowers. Any suggestions?

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Rylan Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:11pm
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There is this one type of coloring that helps prevent the fading. I hope someone chimes in to help you with it.

ibmoser Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:14pm
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A resounding YES!! Humpfff - my favorite color too icon_cry.gif . Someone mentioned a purple that is better than most - maybe Chefmaster? Americolor is better than Wilton, but it changes a bit, too. Maybe an expert colorist will chime in here .....

Melchas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:18pm
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Does the same thing happen with gumpaste?

Cake4ever Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:23pm
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Why not dust them a deep purple? I think flowers that are paler in color have a beautiful contrast when done in a darker petal dust.

I made a rose arrangment where they were done in yellow and dusted in an orange/red color. They really popped much better than had they been the plain yellow alone.

JMHO. icon_smile.gif

jlsheik Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:26pm
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I had the same problem....I used wilton purple and it faded away, it was supposed to be light but boy did it change in the drying process. I have used more color for a darker purple and it changed the consistancy of the fondant....like red does. I thought I would try americolor....but yep your right!

azeboi2005 Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:26pm
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direct sunlight with cause the color to change color. store them away from sunlight. you can also dust them with purple petal dust. what i'd do is make them ahead of time with purple gumpaste and then the day before or so dust them to intensify the color (if you hae a steamer put them under the steamer to allow the dust to stick to the flower otherwise run them under a pot of boiling water.) hope that helps


Melchas Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:27pm
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I never thought of that. I'll try a few and see what they look like. thanks.

azeboi2005 Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:40pm
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oh and use either chefmaster or americolor...they color fondant and gum paste better than wilton colors.

SJ169 Posted 8 Jun 2009 , 3:43pm
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direct sunlight with cause the color to change color. store them away from sunlight.

I had the same problem when a purple bow I made changed to blue!! All of the colors get darker in time so dont add too much color all at once.
Hope that helps

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