True Red Icing....too Thin....grrrr

Decorating By lvspaisley Updated 13 Dec 2008 , 3:50am by kakeladi

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lvspaisley Posted 8 Dec 2008 , 4:57pm
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Hey Guys,

Well, I needed to make some true red buttercream icing. I made it yesterday afternoon, hoping it would redden up. I used a whole jar of no taste red (the big jar), several dollops of Americolor Super Red, some fuchsia, and today, I added some Americolor Red Red. It's only a little darker than tomato soup red. Grrr. I don't need a whole lot, but I would rather use my own buttercream than the wilton tubes, although I bought those just in case.

So I have two questions:

How can I get it redder?

It's thinned a lot since I've added so much color...can I stiffen it some with a little powdered sugar or will that decrease the red color?

Ah, mission impossible!

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karateka Posted 13 Dec 2008 , 3:40am
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I buy mine pre made from

However, you also have the option of using your airbrush if you have one. It gives a good true red.

Another option is using red Kool-Aid.....but that flavors the icing, too.

Or....there's always fondant!

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kakeladi Posted 13 Dec 2008 , 3:50am
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I've ofteh cut that tube from Wilton and scraped out the icing to mix w/about an wqual part of my recipe and it's just a great color. That Wilton stuff is soooooooo color saturated and stiff you can add it to white thin consistency & still come out w/a useable mixture.

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