How To Make Grey Fondant

Decorating By curley_orange Updated 2 Aug 2014 , 12:48am by Laetia

curley_orange Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 5:00am
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I have tired to make grey fondant a few times and cant seem to get a nice grey. Its either too dark.. too much black im guessing or it looks purple. Im guessing I have to put something besides black and white fondant. HELP!

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Renaejrk Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 5:03am
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Wilton's has a tendency to give you a purple if you try to get a lighter shade, though it has worked for a few people I've heard. I only use Americolor and it makes a nice gray when you use a little black in the white fondant. If you can get Americolor that is your best bet.

prterrell Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 5:16am
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A agree w/ Renaejrk!

curley_orange Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:48pm
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does that have to be ordered or do you know of any chain stores that carry it?

Peridot Posted 30 Jan 2010 , 11:55pm
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I have never seen it in any chain stores but have seen it in specialized cake decorating supply stores (not Michael's).

Dawanka Posted 13 Apr 2011 , 6:14pm
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I just ordered americolor black from cake art on Monday and it came today its .75 oz but it was only3.54 w/shipping.

AKS Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 12:38am
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Hobby Lobby now carries Americolor.

M-Antoinette Posted 20 Jun 2011 , 10:37pm
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Having to make a recent cake in the colors of black, grey and white, I had a terrible time getting the grey just right with the fondant. Wilton's Black created a green grey, and Americolor's Super Black created a purple grey. But then I combined the two colors and a lovely grey was born. Apparently, the green and purple cancel each other out , creating grey.

LauraL00 Posted 20 Sep 2011 , 7:23pm
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If you don't have the green based black, I used Americolor's "Avocado" to cancel the purple based black to make a gorgeous grey.

aleah1708 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 6:25am
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If you have Spotlight you are able to get the americolours there, that's where I got my colours from

Daisyblue002 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 7:15am
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You can try starting off with a light blue fondant and adding a touch of black. Seemed to work well for achieving both a light and dark grey :)

MomPfanny Posted 26 Apr 2014 , 10:43pm
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ALaura! Thanks for the tip! I didn't have "avacado" in americolor gel paste, but I did have a bottle of avacado in the amerimist airbrush color. That worked for me...I got a beautiful grey instead of a off-plum color! And I didn't have to make another batch of fondant~many thanks!

mattyeatscakes Posted 27 Apr 2014 , 4:57am
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Original message sent by Daisyblue002

You can try starting off with a light blue fondant and adding a touch of black. Seemed to work well for achieving both a light and dark grey :)

Ohhh! Didn't know that! I'll try that next time :) thanks! Did my daughter's cake and the grey did turn out a bit purple :( i used white mixed with a little Wilton's black.

Deb2013 Posted 3 May 2014 , 9:56am
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Complementary colors will make gray: 

Yellow / Purple

Red / Green

Orange / Blue


With yellow & purple, you will need mostly yellow and very little purple as that color is very strong. Add the purple slowly.


Red tends to be stronger than green, so add red little by little to the green. Too much red will give you brown. A bluer green will give a better result than a yellow-green. If you only have a yellow-green, you may need to add a drop of blue or purple.


If using orange & blue, add the blue slowly to the orange.


You might want to add a drop of color to a separate, small ball of fondant first to test the result before proceeding on the entire amount of fondant.


Hope this helps! :)

Laetia Posted 2 Aug 2014 , 12:48am
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AThanks for the trick! I salvage my purpleish-grey by adding some green in it. I did´nt have americolor avacado, so I use my wilton juniper green. It works just perfectly! I'm so glad "knowing" you all CC's members. :D

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