I need to make deep rose red frosting for a wedding cake and am having trouble, anyone have suggestions?
Red takes a lot of dye to get it just the right shade. Here are some helpful tips:
1 - use Americolor brand coloring
2 - color the smallest amount possible in order to have enough icing (i.e. don't color an entire batch red if you just need enough to make a few roses) as large batches are very difficult to color
3 - color the icing pink first using one of the brighter pink shades
4 - you will use a lot of dye, that's just the way it is
5 - get it close to the shade you want and then let it rest for an hour or even overnight as the color will deepen
6 - if you need to ice an entire cake red, get a good base shade using a no-taste red and then airbrush the iced cake to acheive a deeper, brighter red
Americolor is the way to go and you don't need lots to colour. I can get bright red or a deep rose with no trouble at all.
What the others said and if you ever need a colour mixing chart there are few on this thread (you'll need to go thru the pages):