I'm trying to finish an important cake for tomorrow and my Wilton violet gel color won't turn my icing violet-just blue. I thought I'd gotten the violet and royal container caps switched, but that wasn't it. I just opened a NEW container of violet and got a new bowl of icing and started over but the same thing happened! I'm making key lime icing-could it be the lime juice? Thanks in advance for your help!
I'm not sure if it's the lime juice or not. Could you try just a tiny bit of red?
I tried adding red gel to the 1st batch but it turned gray-ish blue. You think powder would work any better? Or maybe add rose (hot pink) instead of red?
if the red didn't fix it then i bet the lime juice is acting like a bleach. Can you just make up a small batch for decoration with out the key lime?
I had the same problem trying to make lemon buttecream purple. I tried using extract rather than fresh lemon juice and it still went blue. I tried Wilton and Americolor and still no purple buttecream!! I eventually gave up out of frustration!! Would like to know if you find something that works. Best of luck..
is it american b/c with all butter or butter and crisco or hi-tatio. butter will make violet turn blue instead of violet. even in smbc and imbc.
Are you using water or milk as the liquid in your buttercream? Water causes purple to turn blue. Well, actually I believe it causes the red (red+blue=purple) to fade, which leaves the blue. Try using milk instead.
Lemon and lime juices are a bleach. I've use pure lemon juice to remove a stain from a blouse that can't be bleached with chemical bleaches, learned this from my grandmother. It will do to colors exactly what you are describing.