Help! What is the best way to get the reddest color icing and Elmo cake? I've done reds before, but they just don't turn out a vivid as I would want them...and I used a ton of red coloring (Christmas Red or No Taste Red).
Any help would be appreciated.
Have you tried Americolor red? That gives a really vivid red color.
I make pink first (with pink), then add red. That works pretty good and as it sits it becomes more red. That's what I did to make my Elmo cake.
Good idea! Where do you find Americolor?
I too have become an Americolor convert, especially for the darker colors. I could not believe how much easier it is to get that deep hue I was looking for. I even convinced my local supplier to carry Americolor gels now!
Here is a link:
I have ended up using about 1/2 to 3/4 a jar of Wilton No-Taste Red in order to get a true red. Be sure to let your frosting rest for about an hour after mixing for it to come to its true hue. I haven't really had that much of a problem with getting the red or the black. It just takes a lot of coloring and you have to let it sit and rest at room temp for at least an hour. Plus as you are piping your decorations, I have found that the color darkens/brightens from the heat of your hand in the bag.
My frosting in the bag is also a little different of a shade when I go to refill the bag.
Hope this helps!!
Someone may have already said, but also remember that red, after you have colored the icing, if you let sit for while, it gets darker....
The Baker's Preferred Super Red is supposed to be the best for making red without that awful taste. It takes the least amount of color to achieve red.
I also use the no taste red. I make the icing the day before and let it come to room temp before using. Fishercakes, mine is a pinkish color ,too, it darkens as it dries. My elmo cake came out nicely.
I use wilton's no-taste red also. If you use the burgundy & tint your icing a med pink & then add the red, it doesn't take much more than 4-5 dips of a toothpick to get in a deep vibrant red color - I also let mine sit overnight & it turns a perfect red color!