anyone have suggestions on the best way to achieve dark purple fondant? I'm talking about that deep plum eggplant color. I've read that mixing purple into fondant can cause the color to fade, especially under sunlight. I have the duff airbrush and sprayed it and it turned out okay but not quite the shade I was looking for. I've also found that adding too much of a color to fondant ruins the consistency of it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
For darker colors it's really best to just buy it pre-colored. The pre-colored fondant purple doesn't fade.
Thanks...I've never used pre-made from the store. So I'm unsure how dark the purple shades are from satin ice or any other company out there.
I was trying to get a realy purple fondant as well, so I bought a couple different brands, Satin Ice purple wasn't purple enough for me, it was much closer to blue, it is pretty color I just woulnd't call it purple. I love the purple from Fondarific, it is a great deep shade.
You can add some black to purple airbrush colour to get a deeper shade. There is a top cake on a cupcake tower in my pics done this way.
Sugarflair paste colour in purple grape works really well. I usually use americolor colours, except for purple. Sugarflair's isn't a violet like i find americolor is.
However, i've never used pre-coloured fondant for purple, so i don't have anything to compare it to.
I've made purple successfully two ways....
One--I bought wilton Neon fondant package and added the purple to my homemade fondant.
Two--I started with a little black color to make the fondant grey then added purple and was also successful.
THANKS FOR ALL THE FEEDBACK EVERYONE...I ATTEMPTED THE COLOR AGAIN, THIS TIME MIXING PURPLE WITH BLACK AND IT STILL DID NOT SEEM LIKE ENOUGH. THE ONLY PREMADE FONDANT AROUND HERE IT THE DUFF BRAND....I WAS THINKING ABOUT PURCHASING A PURPLE AND BLACK TO MIX AND SEE HOW TURNS OUT BECAUSE THIS CAKE ORDER IS DUE IN 3 WEEKS AND TIME FLIES! I THOUGHT ABOUT ORDERING SATIN ICE, HOWEVER IF IT DIDN'T WORK OUT I DIDN'T WANT TO WASTE THE MONEY. I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT MIXING EQUAL PARTS OF PURPLE/BLK AIRBRUSH COLOR...I'LL TRY IT AND KEEP YOU POSTED! THANKS AGAIN.
Along the lines of the other suggestions but hasn't been mentioned yet. When I'm looking for deep hues I start with a premade (I like fondx but satin ice works also, they are different colors though the satin ice is more blue) fondant color (especially for pink, red, and purple which tend to fade) and then add my americolor to it. You still have to be careful with fading and exposure but I find the fondant that is already colored to take additional color better than white and still keep a good consistency. I also have a couple links bookmarked to color charts to give me an idea of what colors to mix to get the color I want. I'm not sure if I can post link so my apologies if it doesn't show up but this is on I use often: http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/blog/2011/02/color-my-world/ According to that site to get plum you mix 3 parts violet to 1 part Christmas red in the americolors. Also remember that on the color wheel red and blue make purple so you could start there and do some experimenting. Good luck!
I had to play around with this recently as I was making some dinosaurs to match someone's invitations. I tried adding black to the purple and I just really didn't like the result. I don't buy the premade colors, just because I don't have many options locally on where to buy these and generally I don't have the patience or time to order them online. I'm bad at planning ahead haha. I ended up using the Wilton Violet Color and got a rich purple color using that. Then added small amount of the Wilton Royal Blue color until it was dark enough. I use a little bit of tylose powder mixed in, if you let it set for a little bit, there shouldn't be too many issues with consistency. As far as fading goes, I haven't had a problem with fading unless they are sitting out for more than a few weeks, but that may have something to do with the environment they are in. I have used a clear confectioner's glaze also, just a thin coat, that seemed to make colors pop a little more as well. I feel like it takes longer to dry to where they're not a little sticky then what they say though, so if you don't have the time to allow for a day or two of drying, probably not a good choice. Here is a link to the glaze (this is just a random shop I found that had it online, not where I get it) I also put a picture up of a dinosaur that was one of the deeper shades of purple, this one is slightly lighter than some of the purples, I thought it got too dark at one point, but you can get a good idea of how that color mixture works.
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Replying to an old post, but just in case someone else out there is looking...
I used Americolor Red Red and Violet mixed into a hot pink Fondarific pre colored fondant. It was almost an equal amount of red and violet...but just play around. I got a nice bright (yet darker, if that makes sense) eggplant color.
This was helpful! I am looking to get a deep deep purple and really struggled. Thanks all for sharing!
Here is a pic of dark purple flowers I did over the weekend. Not sure if dark enough for anybody else tho. I mixed deep blue into my fondant, then added the purple color. Still was not as deep as I wanted it to be so then I mixed violet luster dust with midnight blue petal dust and was happy with how the color stayed. Have done this before and they do not fade. HTH
AI used the luster dust and lemon extract mixture today. Marvelous!!! I finally got my paint. It was much easier to make these in white and "paint" them. My life just got easier. Just may stick with this thing. : )
Good for you. Nice work on the shoes.
For me it depends on whether I'm covering a cake or modelling. I have had such a variation in the consistency of pre-coloured fondant that if covering a cake, I prefer to colour my own...and often 'top it up' by adding a little pre-coloured fondant which boosts the strength of colour. Sugarflair grape is a nice purple colour.
So here's the finished work. I made this for my husband's fraternity meeting. I'm a newby so I know it's a little lumpy. I'm working on it. I'm still learning my way around CC so I haven't figured out gallery links and such. I"m so grateful to the suggestions. This is first time I've been able to get a true dark, vivid purple/violet. Thanks CC family!
ASweetTbakes, what did you use to get that purple? That's the exact color I need!
The Satin Ice color chart is amazingly accurate and easy to see online. For a true deep purple use Satin Ice 50% red and 50% blue.
That'as right, don't buy the purple if you want a DEEP