How To Achieve This Maroon Color?? Help!

Decorating By aaabeginner Updated 12 May 2016 , 1:58pm by kstevens

aaabeginner Posted 9 May 2016 , 8:16pm
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900_how-to-achieve-this-maroo_9797095730f02fa54c8.pngI am making a graduation cake. I want to incorporate the high school colors of course. The bottom tier will have a damask stencil in royal icing. It needs to be this maroon color, but I'm getting this orangy red tint! Any suggestions? 

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aaabeginner Posted 9 May 2016 , 8:19pm
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It started out white, of course. I read to use red, and a tiny black. It turned this ugly dark rose pinkish shade. Then I added more red, more black, etc..then I read to use cocoa so I added a little cocoa powder mixed in a little's now this color! 900_how-to-achieve-this-maroo_9797095730f0e9c39c3.jpg

Jinkies Posted 9 May 2016 , 8:57pm
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I'm pretty sure when I've made maroon, I mixed in a tiny bit of brown with the red.  Just take a little bit of icing and try a dab of brown and see if that works.  Just a dab.

kstevens Posted 12 May 2016 , 1:58pm
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sooo. That didn't work. I basically started all over with the fresh white royal icing..added LOTS of wilton burgundy gEl dye...STILL wasn't the right shade...added more red...then a hint of brown. ..I swear it's still that same color in the picture above. ..any other suggestions? Certainly there has to be a way to make this the right color! It's frustrating! 

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