I need to make my buttercream a nice red (for spiderman)...but alas I dont have the very famous 'Americolour' , and I cant purchase it at this time. I do have Wilton's no taste red...but whats the best way to get a good red? I read that I should colour it pink first? Any specific pink I should use? I think I have rose colour. any other ideas?
I think it is better to start with red than pink.
I used a whole jar (small one) of the regular red wilton color and although it showed an off red color at first, the color turned to a true red in about an hour. I used about three fourths of a whole batch of butter cream dream for the red food color if that helps any. If you look in my photos you will see what color my spiderman cake turned out.
Hope that helps.
I learned here on cc that if I want to make vibrant colors, color the frosting the night before to give the colors time to develop. Since I started doing that I don't use as much color as I used to.
The best red I have ever achieved was to start with pink. Either Wilton's rose or pink, either one will do. I use whichever one I happen to grab. Color your icing hot pink to start (I know it's scary, but trust me on this). Then start adding red coloring. You'll be amazed at how little red it will take, and how vibrant the end color will be.
Thats interesting Chelle, I never looked at it that way. Thanks for the info.
The whole issue with Wilton colors is taste and how much it takes to achieve a true color.
I used to use Wilton red(only red) and got a true red on my 4Th of July cake but it did taste a little "off".