I have only tried this once, but had difficulty getting wilton gel colour to mix in with the SMBC. I'm wanting to make a powder blue this time.
Just wondering if I should use a different kind of colour, or if I just didn't try hard enough!
i use only smbc, and i use both americolor and wilton. never had any problems with americolor, but occasionally with the wilton i do (usually it is darker colors).
i have used the wilton cornflower and delphinium blues without any problems. have you tried those colors?
if you have the time though, go find americolor gels, i think they are far better than the wilton colors.
for dark or deep vibrant colors, i will often use the candy colors which are oil based. i get better results with those for dark colors.
Thanks heaps! I suspect that I just didn't try hard enough. Shall try to find the colours you mentioned.
Diane, how much Americolor do you find you need to put into a batch of icing to get a good color? I can only ever get my IMBC to pastel. I tried SO hard to get a simple yellow color even, using half a jar of candy color (Wilton, I admit) as well as Americolor yellow. I finally gave up and put fondant on the darned thing! How much do you use, and also how much CAN you use before it starts to affect the flavor? Thx!
i can get light to medium tones (vivid yellow, dark pink, dark violet, vivid lime...) without affecting taste or texture of my smbc (the recipe i use has quite a bit of butter in it, i don' know if that makes a difference). but when i need a royal blue, red, dark purple, forest green, i have to use candy colors otherwise the consistency of the bc is altered and it is hard to apply and smooth. i did a dark royal blue with candy colors last year (everyone's mouth was soooooo blue) and even with candy colors i had to use so much that the icing was too soft/liquid and it was a nightmare to apply (but it firmed up in the fridge), but it didn't affect the taste.
i like using americolors "electric"colors when i need something more vivid/dark than pastel. i am in love with the green and blue from that group.
Thanks for the info Diane!