Purple Icing Question

Decorating By shannycakers Updated 1 Sep 2010 , 11:58am by shannycakers

shannycakers Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 4:45pm
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Hello, I have a wedding cake the request is lavendar or light purple, i have read some bad stories on purple cakes turning blue with light or overnight..?? Anyone have any tips or re assurance on this? this is my first wedding cake and i cant mess it up??


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Ivy383 Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 5:12pm
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I have always used the Wilton color gels and they have worked fine for me. I have used them on buttercreme and fondant. I have never had a problem with color change. icon_smile.gif You can see my cake pics and you will see that I have used purple many times. icon_wink.gif

shannycakers Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 5:17pm
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ok great! thanks for your response! I feel better already! I will try it!

dchockeyguy Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 5:35pm
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Just be sure to keep it out of light. Sunlight will do a real number on the color.

TexasSugar Posted 30 Aug 2010 , 7:50pm
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Florescent and sunlight will both affect some of the color gels.

I've had purple fondant fade, but the purple royal on the same cake did fine.

Have you looked into Crystal Colors Powders? They can be used to color many different types of icing (buttercream, royal, fondant, gumpaste...) and the purples do not fade. I did a test a little over a month ago, where I left some purple fondant colored with them under the florescent lights in my kitchen, as well as sitting in the window sill. No change!

Now I've read that with purple color gels it helps if you use milk instead of water, but I'd still be careful with it, especially since I've had it happen before.

shannycakers Posted 31 Aug 2010 , 11:28am
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o wow, thanks texas sugar, I will def look into the crystal colors, and my kitchen is flourescent lighting!! , hmmm no time to get those now so i will have to keep the lights off i guess for a day..

DSmo Posted 31 Aug 2010 , 11:06pm
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I recently experienced purple turning blue (MUCH to my surprise!) and posted on here for advice. It looks like baking soda is the key. Check the thread here:


shannycakers Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 11:25am
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shannycakers Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 11:58am
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ok, from the research i have gathered is try cake craft colors, and use milk in your icing to try to prevent fading...in buttercream, im surprised in this industry no one has a tried and true method??

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