How Do I Get Deep Red Icing?

Baking By LASouthernSugar Updated 21 Aug 2010 , 2:22am by anoldhippy

LASouthernSugar Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 5:53pm
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I just made buttercream icing and want to tint it red. I am using the Wilton no taste red. Right now it is pink. Should I keep adding more or should I mix a color with it to get it darker. I am going for a mickey mouse clubhouse red. Also, if I add alot of red will it taste yuck?

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Herekittykitty Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 6:00pm
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If you are using the no taste it shouldn't....much. Keep adding. It takes a LOT of coloring to get the deep colors. I would suggest if you are going to do deep colors to use the Americolor Gels. Super Red and Super Black work wonders and use much less than the Wilton. I use strictly Americolrs if I can help it but will occasionally use the Wilton.

Editied: If you don't have a baking supply store near you, Americolors can be ordered on line by the bottle or in box sets. They have a wonderful Electric color set.

sweetcakes Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 6:00pm
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i always tell my students that when making red use pink or orange first (any colour tone that is in the red family) then add red colouring. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you they now carry americolor super red i would recommend you get that for making red. Anyway you will need to keep adding colour to what you have made already and then let it rest as it will develope over time.

LASouthernSugar Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 6:03pm
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Thank you so much! I appreciate the help.

anoldhippy Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 6:37pm
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I have to make some pointesttias for as sedding cake. What would you suggest to add to the red to make it a deeper red, not so much Christmas red? I do not have a Hobby Lobby, only Micheals and JoAnn's. thanks

sweetcakes Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 7:19pm
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add just a touch of black, at first it will look greyish red but then it will become a deeper red.

anoldhippy Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 9:38pm
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Thank you so much.

Cindy619 Posted 19 Aug 2010 , 11:09pm
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I actually like to add some cocoa powder to the icing if I'm going for a deep red.

anoldhippy Posted 20 Aug 2010 , 3:49pm
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^ Thanks! That makes it taste good too! I bet

chrissypie Posted 20 Aug 2010 , 5:39pm
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Hiya, not sure if this help now, but if you look in my pictures, you can see a rainbow cake I made ( the one from wilton course 1). ( just to compare the kind of red you want) I got a really red red by adding wilton rose color to the icing, getting it a bright/deep rose, let it sit for 10 minutes and then added red to it and let it sit about half an hour to an hour. I hope this helps. It really worked for me.

anoldhippy Posted 21 Aug 2010 , 2:22am
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I love all of these ideas. Think I will try them all tomorrow !

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