Color Powder Vs Gel Color

Decorating By Sara1029 Updated 25 Jun 2013 , 8:12pm by Sara1029

Sara1029 Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 5:04pm
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I am going to be making my best friends bachelorette cake. I'm doing hot pink fondant on two tiers and black on the other. I don't want to use Wiltons premade black because it tastes horrible. And from previous experience, dying white fontant black with gel color makes it crumble, fall apart, and taste terrible! I have heard powder color will not do that to the fondant but does anyone know if the black powder color will make the fondant tatste terrible? Thanks for you help in adavance!!

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cakefancier Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 5:33pm
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Satin Ice fondant tastes pretty good and it comes in black, or you could get it in chocolate (tastes like Tootsie Rolls) and add a little black gel.  As another alternative, what about adding some flavoring to the Wilton black?

cakefancier Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 5:35pm
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p.s.  I find the powder color hard to work with, sometimes leaves lumps or streaks .

Sara1029 Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 9:05pm
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Maybe Ill try the Satin Ice. I really like using the fonderific fondant thought. Tastes great and works well. I dont want to use the chocolate fondant, wont go with the cake I'm making (flavor wise).

auntginn Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 9:56pm
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Fom my experience to use a powder color, you will need to mix it in a liquid first so that it will blend smoothly.  I don't use Wilton fondant, I try not to use anything Wilton for that matter.


I make black and red all the time, You first have to remove the white color, such as adding brown or blue before adding the black.  For red I use orange then mix in the red.


And yes it does require that you use quite a bit of food coloring to get a deep dark color.

Sara1029 Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 10:05pm
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What do you mix the powder with? Water?

cakefancier Posted 21 Jun 2013 , 10:22pm
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You mix it with the icing.

Sara1029 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 12:04am
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ASo I mix straight powder into the fondant? Or mix the powder color into liquid then into the fondant?? I'm confused.

auntginn Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 1:56am
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Mix the powder into a liquid.  I would not mix it into water because then the fondant will become sticky.  Mix it into a liquid flavor.  Don't use too much liquid either.  The idea is just to dissolve the powder.  



Since I make my own fondant, I mix my color into the marshmellow before adding the ps.

Sara1029 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 2:33am
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AOkay. I will try that. Thank you!! I have tried making my own but have never gotten it right. So I just stick to buying it. Lol

milkmaid42 Posted 22 Jun 2013 , 4:05am
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I find it easier when making my MFF to just mix the powdered color with the powdered sugar. When making gum paste, I mix the powdered color into a little shortening and then incorporate it into the paste.



Sara1029 Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 2:21pm
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Okay. Thanks. Everyone, but one of my main quesions was, does the powder color change the taste of the fondant at all? I know the black gel will give fondant a horrible taste.

qaycee Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 2:25pm
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AThe best way is to use premade black fondant. I use fondarific or Fonda and they both work beautifully.

qaycee Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 2:26pm
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The best way is to use premade black fondant. I use fondarific or Fonda and they both work beautifully.

I meant Fondx.

auntginn Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 6:11pm
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Sorry, guess I didn't pay attention to that.  It does not change change the taste like that of gel based colors.  Just remember that when using black and red, these require a large amount of food coloring in order to achieve the color shade you want, and that's why it alters the taste.

Sara1029 Posted 25 Jun 2013 , 8:12pm
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Thank you! And I just found the premade black from fonderific! Thanks everyone!

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