Fading Fondant Help!

Decorating By butterflygrooves Updated 11 Nov 2009 , 4:16pm by pouchet82

butterflygrooves Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 3:46pm
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I am having trouble with my fondant (MMF and Wilton premade fondant) fading horribly when I set it out to dry.

Last month I made a beautiful little smash cake that needed to be covered in pink apple blossoms; I colored the fondant, rolled it out, cut out the flowers, formed the flowers and set them out to dry for a week. The first few days the color was the perfect shade but by the time I needed to use them they were very pale pink, on the verge of being white-ish. I used the faded flowers (not having time to make and dry more) and dry dusted them with a heavy layer of pink pearl dust to bring the color back. The flowers worked for what I needed but what can I do to prevent this in the future?

I have 2 Strawberry Shortcake themed cakes due on Saturday morning and I need to make strawberries to sit on top, I don't want to make red strawberries today and have them be pink when my client picks them up.

*Note: This does not happen to the fondant I use to cover the cake (i.e. not dried fondant), just the fondant I put out to dry.

Any help would be appreciated!
LL

4 replies
egensinnig Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 3:55pm
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All I know is that sunshine makes the colours fade - also found this thread:
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-656382.html
HTH

indydebi Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:02pm
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I knew it would be about red/pink coloring.

Here's a thread in which I share the history of why this happens. It started in the late 70's when they removed Red Dye #2 from the market: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-653200-red.html+dye
and
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-639750-red.html+dye

Doug Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:03pm
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any source of ultraviolet light will fade colors, especially red.

sources:

direct sun
INDIRECT light from window facing away from sun.
florescent lights
halogen lights (those high intensity lights)

best to make and then BOX up and keep in the dark until needed

pouchet82 Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:16pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

I knew it would be about red/pink coloring.

Here's a thread in which I share the history of why this happens. It started in the late 70's when they removed Red Dye #2 from the market: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-653200-red.html+dye
and
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-639750-red.html+dye




Just to add to the little history that Debi gave, it was also found that this red dye could cause birth defects in pregnant women, that is why pregnant women were told not to eat red velvet cake icon_cool.gif

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