Help...with Black Fondant!!!

Decorating By diane Updated 17 May 2009 , 11:51pm by lilboo529

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diane Posted 17 May 2009 , 1:39am
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i have to make a black graduation cap and thought it would be no problem! icon_confused.gif well...i started coloring my white fondant/gumpaste with black and it's not's coming out purple!!!! icon_mad.gificon_mad.gif
what is going on??? icon_confused.gif i've done black fondant before...and can't seem to figure out what is happening!!! is it the humidity...the coloring...what???

any help would be more than appreciated!!! icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

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Elise87 Posted 17 May 2009 , 1:49am
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Instead of starting on with white it is easier next time to add cocoa to the white fondant/gumpaste to give it a brown colour and then add the black colouring and it will save you time and colouring and will give you your black.

Also let the fondant sit out overnight to let the develop the colour and it is usually darker the next day.

i did this once with a graduation cap and scroll cookie (it's in my gallery) and it worked perfectly and gave me a nice strong black colour.

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sweettoothmom1 Posted 17 May 2009 , 1:54am
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I found Cake Craft paste color in Super Black. Added a bit of brown color to white fondant, then added super black. You will see a bit of purple, but i kept adding black and it came out nice. i have it on a a zoo pic in my gallery. i liked it so much i bought the super sized jar.

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sgauta Posted 17 May 2009 , 12:26pm
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Black is so tricky...I've started with chocolate MMF and added black to it and that helped, but it was still hard to achieve a true, dark black. These days I pretty much avoid black if I can, and if I can't I just order it pre-made. Good luck!!

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diane Posted 17 May 2009 , 10:26pm
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thanks guys...i thought of doing that, and usually do it with icing, but i guess i'll give it a try. icon_wink.gif

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idjitmom Posted 17 May 2009 , 11:17pm
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Buy it. It's MUCH easier, & even the home made stuff is going to taste nasty w/ all the food coloring in it - and it might not even look black black anyway.

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Frankyola Posted 17 May 2009 , 11:29pm
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Hi diane I took a color class some time ago what you have to do now because you have the purple fondant just add some gold or yellow to it and that it is going to neutralize the purple and you will have like dark brown color the add black and you are going to have a really nice black.

What I do to make black fondant or icing is I start with chocolate fondant and then I add the black and let it rest for couple hours if you do not want the chocolate flavor color it brown and the add the black thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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diane Posted 17 May 2009 , 11:38pm
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that's very interesting! icon_rolleyes.gif i am going to give that a try. hopefully i can salvage my fondant.

thanks so much for the tip...i really appreciate it!!!! icon_wink.gifthumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gif

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BakingGirl Posted 17 May 2009 , 11:43pm
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It can be the brand of fondant you are using. I did a class once where we used a type of fondant which would not go black with regular colouring, it went green. We had to use powdered black food colour to get it to go properly black.

Also you will need a lot more colour than you think to get a true black, you just have to keep going until you are there. It is also a good idea to let the fondant sit for a while to let the colour deepen.

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lilboo529 Posted 17 May 2009 , 11:51pm
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I think you should probably let it sit over night...i had the same problem and even posted it on here mine kept turning purple after getting so frustrated i just wrapped it up and put in the fridge and to my surprise the next day it was black.

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