this is my first time posting anything on a forum, so please bare with me!
i make many wedding cakes, sculpted cakes, etc. and use rolled fondant regularly.
i buy white, plain, rolled fondant in bulk and knead in colors using gel/pastes. i have been successfull in achieving every color i have tried to make, except purple.
within a few hours, and especially overnite, the purple fondant turns to a grayish-blue hue, and the bright vibrant purple has disappeared.
any ideas, suggestions, comments to help me sucessfully color fondant a bright purple color, and keep it that way?
Purple color fades the fastest, unfortunately. Try purchasing the pre-colored purple fondant. They may have found a way to make it more color-fast. I do know to keep the fondant out of the light, esp. flourescent light, as that makes it fade faster.
I would suggest you look into Satin Ice Rollod Fondant. They have an outstanding purple that is bold and doesn't fade. I use all of their colors and they are always consistant and stay true, even after a few days. It's worth every penny! Best of luck to you!
Haven't tried this myself, so can't vouch for its effectiveness: http://www.bakedeco.com/a/chefmaster-liqua-gel-4416.htm
i love chefmaster colors...
I had something similar happen to me. I needed light purple fondant for a wedding cake and no matter what I did, my fondant kept changing to a baby blue. I was using McCalls white fondant. At first I thought it was the fondant so I went out and bought a whole new batch of fondant, same thing. Then I tried a new little jar of food colour, same thing happened. I finally had to switch to buttercream icing instead of fondant, thank God the family was okay with it! I am interested in what others will reply.