Baking By sister340 Updated 7 Feb 2010 , 2:38pm by bonniebakes

sister340 Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 6:43am
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How much red coloring (gel) does it take to get a real red? I'm starting to think a whole bottle. I'm using the no taste red, but I have added tons and it's still pink. I see beautiful red valentine cookies here, how do you do that?

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SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 7:16am
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Are you trying to dye a buttercream? I'll be the first to admit that I buy pre made red and black icing... Be careful how much dye you add, let it sit for a while.. the color comes out after time. My first attempt ended up maroon after a few hours.

Christen99 Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 7:37am
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Americolor True Red! It takes very little, and it darkens slightly after just a short while.

kiwigal81 Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 7:37am
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And although it doesn't help now, I read to make it a strong pink first, then add the red, and that's meant to get a deeper colour.

madgeowens Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 7:47am
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I did have to use a whole bottle of americolor red to get elmo fur red.....

bonniebakes Posted 7 Feb 2010 , 2:38pm
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I suggest not using Wilton colors for a true red There are good Americolor reds and CK (I think that's the name of the brand).

Other than using a more "saturated" brand of color, I always mix the color to the icing to very dark pink and let it set overnight - the color will deepen to red.

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