Its Never Red Enough!

Decorating By pag41989 Updated 22 Jun 2013 , 6:57am by ValeryM

pag41989 Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:17pm
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I have made a couple "red" gumpaste shoes and now that they have dried it looks like a faded red/dark pink color. Is there any way I can get the shoe to be more red? I was thinking about whipping out my airbrush and airbrushing them or thinning out some red dye and painting it on. Any suggestions?

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hbquikcomjamesl Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:25pm
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That's exactly what I was going to suggest. And then probably top it off with some sort of edible varnish.

pag41989 Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:27pm
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What type of edible varnish would you suggest? I tried cornsyrup before and it ended up spreading out and looking very splotchy.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:33pm
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Haven't the slightest idea what would be a good edible varnish, but I'm just about certain that corn syrup would NOT be. I'm sure somebody here would know.

bigdad Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 2:35pm
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have you tried powdered color

pag41989 Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 3:22pm
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Never tried powdered color before. The cake is for monday though so I'm not sure I have time to order anything else and we don't have a supply store near us except Michael's.

auntginn Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 3:35pm
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How did you mix your red?  I add orange color first, knead the gumpaste, then add red color, quite a bit.  It always works well for me.


Have no clue for the varnish.

auntginn Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 3:38pm
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pag41989 Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 3:42pm
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I added a dark pink first then red. Americolor super red and it still looks redish just faded like its been sitting out in the bright sun for several days. I just want to know how to make what I already have made a brighter red. Thanks!

auntginn Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 3:49pm
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Then try adding orange instead of pink to see if that is the shade you are looking for.

FromScratchSF Posted 19 Jun 2013 , 10:17pm
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It won't be on it's own, you will have to add something to get the color to pop.  The only way I really get my gumpaste red is to use power color to color the gumpaste, then give it a good dusting after to pop the red.  I love CK's cherry pink.  Take a bit, activate it with Everclear, kneed into the gumpaste, let it sit or a few hours to mature, make whatever item you want, let it dry then use the same powder color to dust over the top.  Steam to set.  I also have several shades of petal dust and Crystal Colors red to get the shade I want and depth.  


Good luck!

ValeryM Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 6:57am
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Hi I am a "new" baker and my first post here. I know it's too late for this time but Satin Ice makes a terrific Red Fondant which you can use for flowers. It's Vanilla flavored. I had to make Red Roses for my sister-in-law's wedding cake and they came out beautifully. My cake supply store also suggested the Americolor red, which I bought but they said I would probably have to use the whole bottle. They also had a cake in their window using the Red Satin Ice and it was the shade I was looking for and the bride loved them.

Happy Baking!

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