I need a true black fondant. I've used Wilton gels before and they dry pretty dark, but I really had to use a lot. Is there something else I can use that might work better?
Start by making chocolate fondant, that way it is darker to begin with and you will use less color.
I have never tried my chocolate fondant but i use the Americolor super black or I use my airbrush, it depends on what I am doing tho.
I know this is too late for you now but here is my advice for what it's worth!
I HATE trying to get black in fondant or buttercream! So I cheat!!
I buy a 2# tub of black fondant to have on hand and I keep a couple of tubes of black Wilton icing. That way I'm covered and don't have to sweat trying to get a true black color. I can add piping gel to the Wilton black to write with and all's good in my cake world!!
I just buy black Satin Ice, much easier than having to color it.
I'm with christeena......I also cheat. Got tired of trying to achieve a good deep black colour, so this works best for me.
It is easier to make black from chocolate fondant. Otherwise, it really does take a lot of color. If you add the color before the powdered sugar, sometimes it mixes better.
I also vote for buying it premade. I keep black, red and "Colt's Blue" on hand at all times.
I actually just went through this last night! I didnt have time to buy Satin Ice- which is what I would normally do, so I used my chocolate pettinice and added a good amount of Americolor black food coloring. Worked perfectly
I just made it 2 days ago, but I started with chocolate MMF. I still had to use about half of the jar of Wilton black gel, but I *did* achieve the dark black I was going for.
FTR, I was going to buy a 2lb bucket of satin ice too, but here's the way I figured it cost wise. Even if I color with an entire jar of black, that will cost $1.69 in color. That saved me the $20 from buying the black premade. Kneading in the color wasn't even that time consuming, because the more color I added the more pliable the fondant became. So it was a quick process overall...I think it took me about 20 minutes total.