How Do I Make My Fondant Bright Red?

Decorating By Ibgreezy Updated 29 Apr 2011 , 7:24am by kathyx1

Ibgreezy Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 1:43am
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Im a total noob here so bear with me, Im using wilton white fondant and wilton red food coloring. Ive used a whole bottle of coloring but my fondant just doesn't come out bright red. Does anybody have any experience with this sort of thing? Thanks in advance

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tracey1970 Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 1:53am
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I've tried it too - with little success. Some people say that Americolor has a darker red than Wilton. I just buy my red pre-made. I don't use it that often, so it's not a huge investment cost-wise. It saves me time-wise though.

Ibgreezy Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 2:04am
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Thanks tracey

jo3d33 Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 2:06am
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I use americolor super red and fondarific fondant. Satin ice wont color as dark. If you only have satin ice then add some maroon into it and that should darken up the color.
But honestly buying it pre colored really is the best. So much less time and headache.

Ummeiko Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 3:41am
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I've had success mixing in some Wilton Rose color to give the red some more intensity - just add a little at a time to avoid getting too pinky (this can sometimes be countered by adding some orange, but the less you have to complicate the color, the easier it is to deal with IMO).

carmijok Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 3:54am
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Keep in mind too that red fondant will darken with time...so give it overnight to see how it turns out. I too would rather just buy the stuff..however I did that once for a 4th of July cake and bought Duff's fondant...big mistake. It stayed way too 'wet'. All I wanted to use it for was stripes but they kept stretching and pulling out of shape when I tried to put them on the cake. And that's after letting the strips sit for an hour before placement! Next time I'm using anybody else's but Duff's!

sebrina Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 4:19am
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I use Duffs all the time. If I am covering a whole cake, I mix it with Wilton's fondant. If I am using it for decorations, I roll it out & let it sit for a few minutes to dry out & then cut. HTH!

carmijok Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 4:27am
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Originally Posted by sebrina

I use Duffs all the time. If I am covering a whole cake, I mix it with Wilton's fondant. If I am using it for decorations, I roll it out & let it sit for a few minutes to dry out & then cut. HTH!




I tried letting it sit out for an hour and it was still way too soft. I must have had a bad batch.

sebrina Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 4:37am
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Originally Posted by carmijok

I tried letting it sit out for an hour and it was still way too soft. I must have had a bad batch.




It still stays softer than most. If I have to stripe something with it, I roll it up like a cinnamon roll to move it. (ummm... cinnamon rolls) Sorry, past my bed time. LOL!

ReneeFLL Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 5:14am
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To help get a better red fondant you can add some of Wiltons red candy melts. This helps alot.
If the fondant is to wet/tacky try adding in a little powdered sugar until it is better.

cashley Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 5:18am
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Americolor super red and you don't need lots of gel color to get super red right away. Works 100% better than Wilton

Ibgreezy Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 6:55am
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Thanks everybody, I love the advice, it goes a long wayicon_smile.gif

kathyx1 Posted 29 Apr 2011 , 7:24am
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Corella powder colour is the best for intense colour AND doesn't make the fondant soft. In fact, I used a bit too much once and it went so dark it was maroon. I love it.

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