Hello everyone :) This is my first forum post on Cake Central :)
I have a last minute order someone just made. It calls for BRIGHT PURPLE buttercream.
I live too far away from a store to buy purple gel before this order is due (I live in a tiny town in Colorado).
I'm certain that part of my issue is that I used neon purple food coloring. I added some blue and some red to try and achieve the shade of purple wanted (the color of the table skirt).
Can a fantastic person on here please tell me how to adjust? I keep adding more red, then it's too red. I add more blue, then it's too blue :(
It looks like neon purple with a touch of blue to me. Purple is just one of those hard to achieve colors. Go slow a little at a time and then let the icing rest for a couple of hours. Color can intensify with time, sorry you can't rush it.
Beating in the color can make the color lighter too. Try adding the color and mixing gently by hand. I also smear a swatch and let it crust. It will turn two shades darker. The neon purple should do it alone. If not use the neon pink and neon blue to adjust.
Be gently with mixing as to not mess up the sugar structure.
Don't forget, we tend to focus to hard on the little things and this can mess them up.
Thanks, Pastrybaglady. Do you mean that I need to add more blue?
Thanks everyone! Off to try!