Purple Food Coloring - Problems?

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CookieMeister Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 3:25pm
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I've heard that there can be issues with purple food coloring; namely, the red and the blue separating.

I am making a princess cake for next weekend, and was going to cover the cake with purple fondant but am quite nervous about this possible issue.

Is there any truth to this problem, and if so, what precautions can I take?

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babygirl232160 Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 3:41pm
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I have used purple fondant before and have never had a problem like that.

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sadsmile Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 3:42pm
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Store anything you make with purple or pink away from direct and indirect sunlight. Shoot any light will fade it. Work on things quickly and then store them in a dark place and transport in a box to avoid an unnatural fade.

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TexasSugar Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 4:18pm
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Sunlight and florescent lights will spead up the fading quickly.

The only icing I haven't had it fade in is royal. Go figure!

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ibmoser Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 5:24pm
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The purple pre-colored Satin Ice is wonderful - it does not fade like the Americolor and Wilton gels. I keep black, red, and purple Satin Ice on hand. There have been posts about Chefmaster no-fade purple food color, but I have never tried that brand. The red pigments fade quickly and leave the blue, so it quickly becomes kinda grayish-blue instead of purple.

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mrswendel Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 5:37pm
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Be careful with your brand of fondant as well. I have found that the fondant from one of the suppliers I use (their in-house brand) will not go purple no matter how much colouring you add.....it turns blue. I'm all for Satin Ice pre-coloured purple, much easier.

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cakeandpartygirl Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 7:26pm
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I just airbrushed a cake in purple and it didn't fade, maybe you could try that?????

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icer101 Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 7:41pm
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as others have said.....keep out of all light... !!!

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indydebi Posted 11 Dec 2009 , 9:21pm
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here's your history lesson on why reds fade: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-653200-red.html+dye

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