I need a cherry red (or bright red) gumpaste rose. It seems that all my red flowers end up kind of dull. I need to have a bright, vibrant red. How can I get my red like this?
A good dusting of petal dust should do the trick.
I just made some yesterday and they are on my las vegas cake I just posted..I brushed with red petal dust but in the end I airbrushed them so they were really red.
I just finished making 60 bright clear red roses for a wedding cake later this month. I used TBK red gumpaste mix after several tries at tinting my own gumpaste failed miserably. You have to mix the TBK powder by kneading it well the first day, let it sit over night and then knead again the second day to really disperse the dye grains. if you use it as it, the roses are a deep red/blackberry color (like a Black Baccara rose) but if you mix in white gumpaste (say 50/50) you get a clear red similar to a Mr. Lincoln rose)....add even more white (say 25% red to 75%white) you get a coral rose. The colors are clear and don't dry to a dull. i petal dust mine or slightly pearlize but even if you leave them alone and just steam them they look lifelike...not dull. I got my red gumpaste from http://www.thebakerskitchen.net/TBK-Red-Gumpaste-Mix.aspx.
You could paint the flowers red by adding a drop of Vodka (or Vanilla) to the petal dust. I do this to my flowers to get a deep red.
RED RED by bakery craft is a beautiful red.hth