Why Does Fondant Change Color????????????

Decorating By abed Updated 22 May 2009 , 3:35pm by bakingatthebeach

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abed Posted 22 May 2009 , 2:21am
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I recently made a bow out of fondant and let it dry for a few days, the color was pink, as it dried the pink color got lighter and lighter, anyone know why this happens???

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TexasSugar Posted 22 May 2009 , 3:18am
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Pink does this, and purple is worse. I'm sure it has something to do with the coloring. To help keep it from fading you want to keep it out of sunlight and florescent lights.

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MirnaG Posted 22 May 2009 , 3:24am
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This just happened to me with a cake i made this weekend. The color was purple pink. The party was at the park. Although the cake was in the box the top was a little exposed because the lid didn't close all the way. About an hour later the cake was turning into a light pink, sort of white. Thank goodness i took pictures of it before that happened. icon_sad.gif

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indydebi Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:38pm
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I knew before opening the thread that this would involve red coloring.

When they took Red Dye #2 off of the market in the 70's, bakers lost a good stable coloring. Nothing else worked as well. The red will fade when exposed to really bright light (florescent, sunlight, etc).

Purple is red+blue ... so when the red fades, all you have left is the blue.

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Texas_Rose Posted 22 May 2009 , 12:45pm
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One thing that you can do to fix your fondant if it fades is paint it with some paste color mixed with vodka. It's easier to get a nice finish on things like bows than on a whole cake. When I have painted things purple, they don't fade.

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DianeLM Posted 22 May 2009 , 2:14pm
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The Chefmaster No-fade pink and purple colorings help. Sometimes I mix them with other shades because they're not quite right on their own.

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bakingatthebeach Posted 22 May 2009 , 3:35pm
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I had the same problem with the cake in my pics with the purple blossoms running up it. Spent all day making the stupid things just to have them dry a tie dyed color of purple. I even tried keeping them in a dark place but they did the same thing, just not as bad. Ended up using gumpaste and keeping it in a dark place and that worked.

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