I did a cake with Satin Ice this week, which I have used before and like the texture (so much easier to roll out than MMF). But this time I colored it with Americolor liquid and it got kind of yukky....very sticky to work with but then dried out to "elephant skin" when I put it on my cake, large crack in one spot. Air conditioning was on in the house (or it would have melted right off). Anybody else have this problem?
Putting a lot of color into fondant will degrade it. That's why you buy in pre-colored.
If you put alot of color into fondant, you will have to put more powdered sugar and shortening into it. That is the only way to keep it workable. I buy precolored as often as I can but if I am making a custom color, you have to keep that in mind. Powdered sugar AND shortening, as much as needed to get it back to workable.
Did you use a liquid, or a gel? Liquid coloring will destroy any fondant.
When adding color to your Satin Ice fondant or gum paste, we recommend a gel-based coloring like AmeriColor or Chef Master. Add a little bit at a time for better control of the outcome of your color. This also helps to prevent too much coloring going in which might cause the product to become inconsistent. Best of luck.