Emergency! Red Icing

Decorating By peggy1672 Updated 13 Jul 2010 , 2:29am by RheaCakeQueen

peggy1672 Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 9:55pm
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How do I get my buttercream icing as close to true red? mine is still hot pink. have two cakes this week end needing red icing.

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drakegore Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 10:16pm
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you have to use a LOT to get true red. icing darkens as it ages. dark colors are best to let sit overnight and let them darken.
be prepared for red teeth icon_smile.gif.

linstead Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 10:29pm
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I use Wilton red icing in the tube as a base otherwise as drakegore points out you have to use a whole lot of red icing to get it dark. Try Ateco too - a little better than wilton colors. Nancy

MommaDukes Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 10:41pm
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I think it's Americolor Super Red does a great job without the entire bottle

drakegore Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 11:22pm
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Originally Posted by MommaDukes

I think it's Americolor Super Red does a great job without the entire bottle




this is my favorite red too. takes a lot less than other reds.

mommynana Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 11:29pm
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dose any no if u can but americolor at micheals? im going to need red icing this week also

carmijok Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 11:32pm
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Originally Posted by drakegore

yo
be prepared for red teeth icon_smile.gif.




only if you ice your entire cake in red. I layer regular buttercream on and refrigerate between layers. When the cake is pretty well covered then I put on my color layer. Usually one or two thin layers. You won't use as near as much colored frosting and people's teeth and tongues won't be as affected.

eatcake09 Posted 12 Jul 2010 , 11:43pm
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I put a little cocoa powder in my icing then add the red coloring, you wont need to add as much and the chocolate helps with the bitter taste of the red coloring.
I've also used a little brown food coloring with the red to darken it.

MommaDukes Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 12:55am
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Originally Posted by mommynana

dose any no if u can but americolor at micheals? im going to need red icing this week also




Michaels does not carry it, try a local cake store

Lizmybit Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 1:07am
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Wilton has a new color called red no taste that works pretty well. Also, I find if you tint the icing pink first it's better, it requires less red.

mommynana Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:15am
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thanks for ur reply mommydukes

RheaCakeQueen Posted 13 Jul 2010 , 2:29am
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I found this article to be extremely helpful when making red icing! It really makes an excellent deep red. You can use the same idea to make a really good black too.

http://www.wilton.com/blog/index.php/how-to-make-red-icing-red/

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