Trying To Color Fondant To Brown. It Has Turned To A Dull Shade Of Purple.

Baking By newbeeatcakes Updated 7 Oct 2015 , 8:51am by newbeeatcakes

newbeeatcakes Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 6:36am
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Where I live we don't get brown color or brown colored fondant. I need a dark brown, and am trying to color mine with primary colors and a tinge of black, as suggested by one of the posts here. But it has turned to a dull shade of purple. What should I do to make it into a dark brown. Help please!

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Pastrybaglady Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 6:56am
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Brown is made from black and orange.  If you have purple try adding yellow.  

bubs1stbirthday Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 7:19am
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Red and green make brown so if you add yellow to purple (blue and red) hopefully it will have the right balance to get you to the brown you are looking for.

newbeeatcakes Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 9:26am
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Thank you so much. Let me give it a try.

-K8memphis Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 1:50pm
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i might be too late but i would suggest that you test with just a small quantity of fondant and not the entire giant blob if it is a big giant blob

julia1812 Posted 17 Sep 2015 , 4:58pm
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I always use cocoa power to make brown fondant. Tests delicious chocolatey and you can still add more and/ or black food coloring to make it darker.

newbeeatcakes Posted 30 Sep 2015 , 11:33pm
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Hi Guys,

Just wanted to drop a line to thank you all for getting back to me. I added yellow color and it worked.

The cocoa powder idea sounds great Julia. I think i should be easier to incorporate than colors. Useful tip for next time :)

Pastrybaglady Posted 30 Sep 2015 , 11:49pm
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Brookebakescake Posted 1 Oct 2015 , 1:22am
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Just FYI for future reference, commentary colors make brown when mixed you'd get brown with:

green and red

purple and yellow 

blue and orange 

newbeeatcakes Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 8:35am
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Thanks so much.

newbeeatcakes Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 8:35am
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Thanks so much.

Callicious Posted 6 Oct 2015 , 5:57pm
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I use green and red to make brown and depending on shade can also add white or black and a bit of orange for a warm brown 

newbeeatcakes Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 7:25am
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Thankyou everyone. Could you also let me know how do you make skin colored fondant?

Shockolata Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 7:54am
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depends on the skin... for a white baby, use a the tiniest bit of ivory and a bit of pink. For a white adult, use a bit of ivory and if you feel it needs it, add some pink. You don't want to turn it yellowish, so use very sparingly. Fimo has a good chart on how to achieve different skin tones.

newbeeatcakes Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 7:57am
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Thanks Shockolata. What is Fimo? I am rather new to all this, so still have to learn a lot :)

RobertBarnett Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 8:48am
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Fimo is polymer clay. Not edible. But Shockolata is right they do have a great color chart. I use it all the time for mixing cake colors.

*Last edited by RobertBarnett on 7 Oct 2015 , 8:49am
newbeeatcakes Posted 7 Oct 2015 , 8:51am
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Interesting to know! Thank you.

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