How Do I Use Powdered Food Coloring?

Decorating By adree313 Updated 30 Sep 2009 , 7:05pm by adree313

adree313 Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 1:27am
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i decided to buy chefmaster powdered food coloring today, though, i'm not sure how to use it. i bought it mainly because i have such issues with black and red icing (these are the only colors i bought) and i was hoping this would make it easier to get a more intense color.

so, any tips on how to use it in buttercream?

oh, and i know americolor gel is the way to go, but i figured i'd just give this a shot because i can buy it locally. that in itself is a miracle, but there's a tiiiny section in some random hobby store that sells these powders. everything else worth buying has to be ordered online icon_sad.gif

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tatorchip Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 1:33am
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I mix my powdered colors with a little vodka and make a paint, you can either mix the paint into the buttercream or use as paint with a brush for bc, fondant or gumpaste HTH

adree313 Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 1:50am
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so, would mixing the powder straight into the BC or RI be a no-no?

i kind of forgot to add that into my question: does it have to mixed with a liquid first (maybe like a clear vanilla) and then added? or can it just be added straight?

i also like the idea of using as a paint. a lot cheaper than other dusts i've seen/paid for. thanks!

tatorchip Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 2:44am
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I never used straight powder in bc or fondant but that is something I think I will try. Yeah clear vanilla is also great to use. HTH

tiggy2 Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 3:02am
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I've used powdered color dry in fondant but haven't tried it in BC. I use chefmaster liqua gel for black and red. It's better then anything else I have tried including americolor.

peg818 Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 6:57pm
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mix the powder color with your powdered sugar before making your icing.

tatorchip Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 7:01pm
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Thanks peg818, writing that down in my notebook, thanks again

adree313 Posted 30 Sep 2009 , 7:05pm
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thanks for all the help everyone! i tried mixing it straight in with my PS and it worked well. it's still grey right now, but i'm hoping if i let it sit i'll become the black-black that i want.

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