Ugh, I'm Trying To Get A Deep, Dark Red Bc

Decorating By mlocklear Updated 28 May 2010 , 8:42pm by respectablecakes

mlocklear Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:11pm
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I started on it last night and it's still not dark enough. This cake has to be ready in 4 hours!

Do I need to keep adding more red? Or more brown?

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diamondsonblackvelvet13 Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:21pm
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How much and what color have you used? What brand?

mlocklear Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:25pm
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Wilton Red (no taste) and Brown. I've used alot of red and just a little brown so far.

diamondsonblackvelvet13 Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:31pm
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Do you have liquid red? And time/ ingredients to make another batch? If so, add the liquid red (1/2 the bottle ie McCormick brand) to the liquid of your BC. That will give you a true red.

Now if you don't have that, try adding more red. Remember that the color will darken over time.

yoktom Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:37pm
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To get a true deep red, I always start with a milk chocolate frosting first. It works for me. The other thing I'd suggest is using Americolor colorings. They tend to get a more true and rich color than the wilton ones, in my opinion. Good luck! Dark colors can be so difficult!

tonedna Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:40pm
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If a client doesnt want chocolate, the chocolate frosting is a problem. Chefmaster super red or americolor are the best reds out there. No need to be adding other colors to make a real red.
Here is a tutorial on gumpaste, but works just as well in buttercream



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yoktom Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:44pm
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LOL, thanks tonedna - the Americolor statement was to say if you don't want to use chocolate the other thing I'd suggest...

Agreed on the tutorial video as well. I hadn't seen that one, it's great! Thanks for that!

tonedna Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:51pm
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I didnt read the whole thread..lol..I sometimes just fly fast through things.
It's a new tutorial. Thanks..simple.but informative..lol
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respectablecakes Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:54pm
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what would i need to get a real navy blue butter cream icing?

tonedna Posted 28 May 2010 , 5:58pm
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I know there is a company that sell navy blue, but I cant remember. But when I dont have it available, I use royal blue with black.
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tmelrose Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:05pm
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Add a touch of burgundy coloring to deepen it.

thecakemaker Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:09pm
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I just had this same problem. I used an entire bottle of americolor to one batch of buttercream. I got more of a red-orange. I just uploaded pictures of the cake - looks more red in the pictures.

mlocklear Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:14pm
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Thanks Edna, I'm a big fan of yours!

Respectablecakes, Americolor has navy blue, but you have to use alot!

respectablecakes Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:34pm
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do they sell that at hobby lobby or michaels

respectablecakes Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:38pm
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what about professional blue food coloring its liquid but i dont know if that will work to be the color i need?

jones5cm Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:41pm
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I had this issue just last week; tried to make deep burgandy BC. I used about 1tsp of Wilton Burgandy and 3 tsp of Americolor Red Red...ended up tasting sooo nasty that I was ashamed to use iticon_sad.gif...pretty color though. Luckily, I had enough white BC on the base of it that the nasty icing could be scraped off when served. You can see it in my photos (the most recent one).

tonedna Posted 28 May 2010 , 6:48pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mlocklear

Thanks Edna, I'm a big fan of yours!

Respectablecakes, Americolor has navy blue, but you have to use alot!




Thanks..I agree, usually for darker colors you need to use lots!
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CarolAnn Posted 28 May 2010 , 7:10pm
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I recently made a grad cake for a reception at church. I started the day before on the red bc to trim up the cake because I have to let it sit overnight to deepen the color. I used 1 1/2 small jars of Wilton red red and no taste red. On previous cakes I've had to use as much as three jars of Wilton to get a deep red. I'd never use it to ice a cake but the taste isn't too bad when it's just the border and writing.

respectablecakes Posted 28 May 2010 , 8:42pm
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i finally found the food color chart. Here it is in case anybody else needs it.

Apricot - 2 parts Orange & 1 part Egg Yellow      Maroon - 4 parts Red Red & 2 parts Burgundy      Raspberry - 3 parts Bakers Rose & 1 part Christmas Red
Aqua - 5 parts Sky Blue & 1 part Leaf Green
Ivory - 1 Liquid Whitener & a touch of Brown and Egg Yellow
Ruby Red - 1 part Holiday Red and a touch of Black
Avocado - 4 parts Lemon Yellow & 1 part Leaf Green and a touch of
Black
Jade - 1 Leaf Green & 1 Royal Blue & a touch of Black
Rust - 8 parts orange & 2 parts Red Red & 1 part brown
Burgundy - 5 parts Bakers Rose & 1 part Violet
Lavender - 5 parts pink & 1 part Violet
Sea Gold- 2 parts Sky Blue & 1 part Leaf Green
Chartreuse - 2 parts Lemon Yellow & 1 Leaf Green
Marigold - 3 parts Lemon Yellow & 1 part orange
Silver - 1 part Black and 1 part Blue
Copper - 1 part Egg Yellow & 1 part Brown & 1 Christmas Red     Melon - 1 part Orange & 3 parts Bakers Rose
Skin tone - 12 parts orange & 4 parts Bakers Rose & 1 part Royal Blue
Coral - 3 parts Rose Pink & 2 parts Lemon Yellow      Moss Green - 2 parts Violet & 3 parts Lemon Yellow      Teal - 9 parts Sky Blue & 1/2 part Lemon Yellow
Dusty Rose - 2 parts Christmas Red & 1 part Malt Brown      Navy Blue - 1 part Sky Blue & 1 part Violet      Turquoise - 6 parts Sky Blue & 1 part Lemon Yellow
Gold - 10 parts Lemon Yellow & 3 parts Orange & 1 part Christmas Red      Persimmon - 1 part Orange & 1 part Bakers Rose      Wine - 3 parts Holiday Red & 2 parts Rose Pink
Plum - 1 part Violet & a touch of Christmas Red      Grape - 1 part Sky Blue & 6 parts Bakers Rose      Misty Green - 2parts Leaf Green & 1 part of Royal Blue & a touch of Black

http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/coloring/colormixingchart.htm

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