Fading Fondant

Baking By Mamatoboys Updated 19 Apr 2010 , 2:15pm by TexasSugar

Mamatoboys Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:24am
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I made a cake on Saturday and covered it with pink MMF. It looked fine this morning, but by evening when we ate it, the fondant had faded to a very pale pink - almost white. Anyone know why this happened? The cake also had blue and red fondant and those colors didn't fade - only the pink did. The cake was in my kitchen all day. No direct sunlight or heat close by. The pink Wilton coloring was just bought and opened about a month ago. Any ideas?

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Goonergirl Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:35am
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Pink does this all the time. There's some kind of background story about food safe pink dye. I'm not sure . But I do know that I always make my pink darker, because by the time the client gets the cake, the pink is at least 2 shades lighter. If anyone has any tips or different brands that don't fade, I'd love to hear about it.

mamawrobin Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:46am
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Don't know of any tips but yes, pink does fade.

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:48am
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If you paint the fondant with a mix of gel color and vodka, it doesn't fade the way it does when it's mixed in.

Purple also fades, and sometimes black or brown will fade.

SpecialtyCakesbyKelli Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:54am
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My pink does better if I put it in a place where it gets no light at all... but it still fades a little.

indydebi Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 3:06am
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

If you paint the fondant with a mix of gel color and vodka, it doesn't fade the way it does when it's mixed in.

Purple also fades, and sometimes black or brown will fade.


It's not the purple or the brown or the black that is fading. It's the red. And since red is a primary color that is in almost every color except those in the green family, it's going to happen. I would even tiptoe up to the "always" line. (Not crossing the line ... but definitely tiptoe'ing right up to it!)

Here is the reason why: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-653200-red.html+dye

Mamatoboys Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 1:57pm
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Thank you all so much. Since I have 3 sons, I rarely do pink cakes anyway icon_smile.gif I'll remeber to make it darker in the future. Thanks again!

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:10pm
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Originally Posted by indydebi

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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

If you paint the fondant with a mix of gel color and vodka, it doesn't fade the way it does when it's mixed in.

Purple also fades, and sometimes black or brown will fade.

It's not the purple or the brown or the black that is fading. It's the red. And since red is a primary color that is in almost every color except those in the green family, it's going to happen. I would even tiptoe up to the "always" line. (Not crossing the line ... but definitely tiptoe'ing right up to it!)

Here is the reason why: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-653200-red.html+dye




That's what I meant, they are made with red and they will fade also.

Although I have noticed that Americolor fades a LOT less than Wilton, especially the black and super red. I never end up with green instead of black with americolor.

mamawrobin Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:13pm
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Originally Posted by Mamatoboys

Thank you all so much. Since I have 3 sons, I rarely do pink cakes anyway icon_smile.gif I'll remeber to make it darker in the future. Thanks again!




I wondered about the pink cake when I first read your post.... icon_lol.gif

TexasSugar Posted 19 Apr 2010 , 2:15pm
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Do you have florescent lights in the kitchen? That will also cause fading. Pink and purple fondant are nortorious for fading.

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