How do I get buttercream or any frosting a nice deep color, like red, without it tasting like crap? Is there a certain brand of dye I should use or what should I do??
One word.... Americolor!!
The Wilton colors seem to be fine for very nice pastel colors, but any darker and they are garbage!! I bought some Americolor Super Red and LOVED it. I got a true red out of some glace for cookies for the first time EVER and it didn't take an entire container of color!
Along with Americolor you can use Chefmaster Gel Base Color. A little goes a LONG way!
A few of the cakes in my pics are red. You have to tint the icing pink first, then make it red from there. Someone suggested kool-aid, so I tried that. It was putrid. I had to mix in 4 batches of regular BC to get it to taste normal again! I've used strawberry milk powdered mix, and it worked good. It had a hint of strawberry flavor, but not overwhelming.
Also, the longer the color sets, the deeper red it gets!
we don't have americolor here, so i used powdered red. i tint my BC, then let it stand for 1 or 2 days. it didn't taste funny, and was really red.