This is my first time on here and I'm so glad i found this site. I have a question. When making black fondant which is the best way to do it. My daughter and myself made a 3 tier birthday cake for a friend and she wanted the bottom layer black with pink dots and the 2nd layer was white with zebra strips and top was pink. The zebra strips ran onto the white after we steamed the fondant.
that sucks! all that hard work! did you tint it yourself? i usually buy black and red already colored since tiniting yourself can be a lot of work and trouble
Black is the hardest to make yourself I find and red as well. So if anything those are the two colors I buy already colored.
I colour my own gum paste for modelling but if anyone asked me for a cake covered with black or red fondant I would definitely buy it and hang the cost!!!
I color my own fondant, black and red included, and do not have any problem with it bleeding. However, if you put it on with water and apply too much water it will bleed. Use vanilla extract to apply the fondant to the cake. When tinting those colors, I use Americolor gels and Cake Craft candy powder and make sure the fondant sets overnight. Good luck in the future.
I have found when making black fondant (or even frosting), if I use a chocolate base first then the black color, it doesn't take as much. (same for red - make it dark pink first with pink food (cake) coloring or gel and then you won't need as much red). I also will use brown paste coloring and get it dark brown and then will use less black coloring. You can see in my photos for graduation cookies, how my black turns out.
Good luck! I love the look on Cake Boss on how steamed fondant shines! I'd like to get a little hand steamer.
Thanks for all the advice. Where is the best place to get colored fondant?
I always buy premade for Really Red, Dark blue and Black.
I buy satin ice since its the only thing I can get quickly near my home.
Just do a google search you'll find it for order.
I'm on team "buy it pre-made." I would use up so much coloring and still not get a true deep black that I now buy black pre-colored, pre-made.
I too usually buy my red and black from satin ice, I'm not the biggest fan of the taste but I usually only have to use it for accents on a cake. When I do cover the entire cake I will color my own and just as auntieb said, start by making dark chocolate fondant and then add the black, it really doesn't take that much black coloring if you started out w/chocolate fondant. Same for red, start w/a deep rich pink and then start adding red.