can any body tell me how to colour fondant into black, i can only manage a gray shade after using more than half the bottle and then end up with a sticky paste. please help!!!
I either buy it. That's the best. Or if I happen to have choc. fondant, I color that. It doesn't take too much to get it black. If you're starting with white, good luck!
I buy mine pre-coloured - Wilton for accent pieces and Satin Ice for larger items and covering whole cakes.
A tip I learned from Bronwen Weber is to start with all of my scrap fondant - those colors you created and didn't use all of, you know.
then start adding black and it's gets black pretty quickly. I've made black before and you just have to keep adding gel paste and more and more then more shortening and more powdered sugar. But, starting with the scraps, it seemed to get darker quicker. Also, let it sit overnight as the black will deepen in color so your dark gray will turn black.
I use 3/4 c Dutch process cocoa in my MFF or MMF recipe. Put the cocoa in before the sugar and stir it well. A couple of GOOD squirts (maybe more) of Americolor SuperBlack and you have black fondant that tastes like tootsie rolls. I used this process with MFF for the black and white wedding cake in my photos.
I make my own marshmallow fondant. I add a few generous squirts of Americolor Super Black gel paste into the mixer bowl with the melted marshmallows before I add the powdered sugar. After I add the sugar, the color lightens somewhat but within a couple of hours the color deepens. Jet black fondant every time! Good luck!