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I am not looking forward to Pantone's next color of the year.  Bite me "radiant orchid".  Seriously?  What the heck is "radient orchid"?  

I saw that.  My reaction was just - Noooooooo, please!  We all know how hard it is to have any shade of purple hold it's color.  At least their version has a lot of pink in it.  One of my cakes I did in varying shades of lavender just looked more grey to the camera.  Frustrating.

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post #47 of 72

it's a dull barney color--not fun

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post #48 of 72

so for real purple we'd have to use the dye made by the ancient Minoan civilization in Crete produced from the mucus of the hypobranchial gland of various species of marine mollusks, notably Murex. It took some 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye.    Pew that would be stinky.

 

I'm sooooo relieved that purple doesn't digitally work for others, mine usually comes out blue in photos.

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post #49 of 72
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Awe, come on, it's just cake, right icon_biggrin.gif

OK, here's the video in case you all want a laugh:

http://instagram.com/p/dpNoVGGxN2/

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Dang rolling pin! Really beautiful cake, noticed some people were just mad that they couldn't eat it. #lightenup!
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post #51 of 72
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so for real purple we'd have to use the dye made by the ancient Minoan civilization in Crete produced from the mucus of the hypobranchial gland of various species of marine mollusks, notably Murex. It took some 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye.    Pew that would be stinky.

 

I'm sooooo relieved that purple doesn't digitally work for others, mine usually comes out blue in photos.

 

whoa mb--that's heavy stuff  :lol: smelly vintage minoans huh (no offense to any surviving cretian mins.)

 

and yes my photos of purple cakes are blue too *:-)/\:-) high five

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So.....if I buy those cake mixes, will MY cakes look just like the pictures????

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Yes Apti.  and you can sell them for $10,000 dollars American.

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post #54 of 72

Purple doesn't photograph correctly on film either, it's a light thing. Red and blue are on opposite ends of the visible light spectrum, and that makes it hard for camera sensors to read purple. Magenta is another one that gets washed out.

 

There was a photo filter that I used to have for my Nikon that would make purple photograph in the correct way, but without the filter is just looked blue. Now you just have to adjust it in photoshop afterward, but I'm with FromSratch about fixing flaws on the cake itself. I once saw someone who was asked how she got her icing so smooth, and she said "photoshop." Tricky.

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Purple doesn't photograph correctly on film either, it's a light thing. Red and blue are on opposite ends of the visible light spectrum, and that makes it hard for camera sensors to read purple. Magenta is another one that gets washed out.

 

There was a photo filter that I used to have for my Nikon that would make purple photograph in the correct way, but without the filter is just looked blue. Now you just have to adjust it in photoshop afterward, but I'm with FromSratch about fixing flaws on the cake itself. I once saw someone who was asked how she got her icing so smooth, and she said "photoshop." Tricky.

Good to know.  I don't have photoshop but I can make minor light adjustments which helps with color correcting.

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post #56 of 72

Ah, if it's a mix then it probably will come out that color because it's genetically engineered to come out that color (but I still think the pic was PS the heck out if it).  Just look at the entire panel of "ingredients" that go into that tie dye cake on the box!  So yeah, I guess you have no worries there.

 

I, yes, me, recently bought the zebra Duff mix because it was on sale for $2 at the store, I normally see it for $8+ and I'm a scratch baker so no way would I ever spend $8 on a mix let alone $2, but long story short I bought it and made it - my advice - make sure if you want a 3 layered cake like the photo you buy 3 mixes because my 1 mix barley made the suggested single pan of 9" round.  And since I didn't read the instructions at the store I missed the part on the box saying it "makes 1 pan of 9" round".  I guess you are just supposed to forget that the photo on the front shows 3 layers.  HAHA anyway no way could this thing be torted to 3 layers.  I tried to tort it to 2 like I always do with my cakes but because it's a mix (and I'm not used to that) it was really soft and totally crumbly.    

 

So I revise my advice: if you want your cake to look like the photo on the box - you need 3 mixes perfectly baked, torted to 1" high with an abgay, a quick icer and a ruler to put exactly 1/4" of buttercream on it, a fondant sheeter to roll your fondant to the perfect thickness (using Duff fondant, of course haha) and a pasta roller to do the dots and roll them to the perfect exact same thickness.  Then Photoshop the photos to clean up all the crumbs and uneven bits in the photo using at least a $2000 DSLR camera using a 50mm lens.

 

I am seriously only writing this because what is on the cover of the box of practically anything you buy is not what you are going to end up with at home.

 

I wish you the best of luck!  Perfection is possible, but like I said you need patience and the right tools.

post #57 of 72

Oh and come to think of it, my stripes were no where near as thick as they were in the photo on the box, so if I were trying to reproduce the stripes like they did, I'd probably use 2 mixes and use them in one pan to get those nice, perfect thick stripes.

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just an aside but still about multi colored cakes--i am always amazed at what my local grocery store carries in the way of cake deco toys--they have a plastic device to insert into your cupcake wrapper to pour tri colored cupcakes----

 

who woulda ever thought? and available at the grocery store--srsly?

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post #59 of 72
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just an aside but still about multi colored cakes--i am always amazed at what my local grocery store carries in the way of cake deco toys--they have a plastic device to insert into your cupcake wrapper to pour tri colored cupcakes----

who woulda ever thought? and available at the grocery store--srsly?
No kidding! I was wandering through Walmart the other day and was staggered at all the cake decorating stuff there! And they make it all look so nifty that I wanted to buy a bunch of it, even though I have no use for it!
post #60 of 72

My old camera photographed purple perfectly well. It photographed everything beautifully. That camera couldn't take a bad picture. I paid about $1700 for it years ago. It was digital, but recorded on those little mini discs.  I was advised by "an expert" that my new $200 camera would take even better pictures because of improved technology. He couldn't have been more wrong. So I have to assume one can still get a good digital camera that can photograph purple, but from what I've read on camera forums, you can definitely pay a whole lot for a high end camera and still not get purple

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