Making Red Fondant

Decorating By Amylou Updated 8 Sep 2009 , 1:19am by MORSELSBYMARK

Amylou Posted 5 Sep 2009 , 11:22pm
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I have had no luck finding red fondant (satin ice) and don't want to order and pay shipping...plus I have to make roses and want to get started.

I have a 5lb tub of white, and am wondering what the best way to make it red would be. I have red coloring both in powder and paste (Americolor).

What would be the easiest way?
- knead by hand small portions with paste to get base color, then w/ powder and then knead all together.

- use kitchenaid w/ dough hook, small portions then add together

- make marshmellow from scratch and add color in prior while mixture is more liquified

I will need white as well, so I will probably end up making MMF anyway.


Thanks for any tips!

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Amylou Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 5:00pm
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PinkLisa Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 5:12pm
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I always buy my red since I find it impossible to make it purely red by adding color.

PuffCake Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 5:31pm
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I suggest making MMF and adding Americolor Super Red to the melted mm before adding ps. No kneading required! Just a couple generous squirts is all it needs. The color will deepen overnight.

MORSELSBYMARK Posted 6 Sep 2009 , 5:32pm
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Make MMF, but substitute 1/2 c sugar with cocoa. Add your red to the melted marshmallow mix, you will get a true red. This is a trick I picked up in pastry class and works well for black too!

Amylou Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 3:26am
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Thank you Mark...I did that and made 2 batches; the first one I added the 1/2 cup and it looks to be really deep, almost brick red. The second I added about 1/8 and it looks more of a basic red. I'll see more tomorrow after I let it rest. I'll probably end up adding some of the first batch to the second.

That technique worked out really easily! Thanks!

PinkLisa Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 3:29am
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I'm so glad to learn this! Mark -- how would you make red if you used a purchased white fondant? I assume you can use the same technique with buttercream?

MORSELSBYMARK Posted 8 Sep 2009 , 1:19am
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Buttercream yes, but plain white fondant doesn't work well. It's better to get it to a deep pink/light red then airbrush it if possible. HTH.

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