I have a cake due Saturday, an 8" square cake, to be covered in RED fondant. Should I go ahead and make it or should I pay the price and buy a bucket of red? The problem is I don't have time to order, so I'd have to buy either wilton(yuck) or the duff brand fondant ($$)
I've make red before but never had to cover a cake in it so wonder if the fondant is going to break down with all that colouring? I wonder if it would be better to make pink fondant then tint that red?
There are many opinions on this probably, but I found it painful coloring my own fondant red. I would just buy it this time, use a coupon, and it shouldn't be too expensive. The cake is small enough you will only need to buy one bucket, and will probably save a lot of time and effort for you!
print off a michaels coupon and go get Duffs. It is pricey but the the texture if great.
If you make your own MMF; color the marshmallows once you melt them; before adding powdered sugar. Get it nice and dark and you won't have to spend an hour kneading red color in.
Buy it - less mess, trouble and the color won't fade.
Someone on here said that the Wilton stuff doesn't taste that bad anymore. I haven't personally tried it though.
I made an entire batch of black MMF by adding the color to the melted marshmallows and it didn't even stain my hands. Not everyone is a fan of MMF but the only option for buying fondant in my area is wilton so it's MMF for me.
I added 1/2 bag of red candy melts to my marshmallows and microwaved them together. after kneading I added a few smears of red gel but the color still wasn't the red I wanted BUT I wrapped it up and put it away. Now, 2 days later when I need to use it, it is the deep dark red I want. I always heard the colors would darken after 24-48 hrs and now I know it's true.
As a matter of fact I just made some red Marshmallow fondant last night. Add a ton of red to your marshmallows before you melt then mix. I didn't add enough red so I had to knead in more but finally got close enough to the color I was going for. Pay more work less, or pay less and work more??? That is the question.
I always buy red and black fondant ready-made. It's too time-consuming in general terms to make it at home and too hard to get these colors with gel. (I always buy white fondant ready-made, too, and color it for everything else I need.) But I'm glad to have the information on how to get a really deep red with home-made fondant, too, 'cause you never know when you're going to run out in the middle of a project! Thanks, guys!
In my stores, Wilton doesn't offer big enough quantities of colored fondant. I've not yet purchased Duff's as I don't have the money even WITH coupons. Personally, I make my own MMF. If my whole batch is going to be one color, I just add my gel coloring right to the melted marshmallows. If I'm making black fondant, I start with making chocolate fondant, uses less black that way. Saves me tons of time, effort and aggravation. Good luck!