I'm trying to make a deep red icing. I"ve tried almost a whole bottle of red food coloring and it still has a pink tint to it. How can I get the color deeper??
Someone here said that if you add yellow and orange to your icing first it will help you to get a deeper red color. I will find the exact post and get back to you.
There is the link.
Do you have time to let it sit for a few hours/overnight? It will deepen with time.
When you use the term "Bottle" that makes me think you are trying to use Liquid food coloring. Is this correct? If it is, the best thing to color icing with is Gel or powdered colors. powdered are a little harder to find, but Wilton and Americolor make gel colors.
If you are using gel colors then you can either start your white with pink then add the red or add a lot and allow it to sit over night as the color darkens the longer it sits.
I start with small batches, if you start with a huge bowl you will never get it the color. Just keep adding icing & color till you have the amount you need. & yeah the liquid will take forever to get the color you want. Not to mention it will thin out your icing. I use wilton's gels. Good luck.
ps-Another way is to use strawberry flavoring first, it turns the icing pink & helps get the red faster. & it tastes SO GOOD.
Try the Americolor super red. You don't use near as much as the wilton and you get a great deep red. As leily said, start with pink then add the red. It really needs to sit for a few hours or overnight for the color to deepen. Same goes for black.
Thank you all so much! I actually started out by using the gel coloring and it just made it pink. So then I turned to the liquid coloring and like some of you had mentioned as it sat there it got darker. The cookies came out beautiful. Thank you all for your help!