Red Fondant Too Dark! Help Please

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Lovin_Cakes30 Posted 6 May 2011 , 4:31pm
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Hello, this is my first post...I have been reading the posts for at least a month and have learned a ton so thank you! I am making my 3rd fondant covered cake for a friends b-day tomorrow. It is a casino theme. I had no problem with the black MM fondant...but the red fondant turned out a dark red (almost maroon or with a brown tint). I know this is because I added cocoa powder to the p.s. wich I read somewhere as a tip. I only added a little but now the red is not the bright red you would expect on playing cards. I used a whole jar of Wilton no taste red. Can I just paint over all of the red parts with another jar of no taste red? Will that brighten it up? Any other ideas? I don't want to break down and buy some Duff, but I do have a 40% off coupon..... Any help is appreciated!!!

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cheatize Posted 6 May 2011 , 6:39pm
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Knead in some white to lighten the color. I'm not sure that will counteract the brown, though. It's worth a shot.

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genevieveyum Posted 6 May 2011 , 6:58pm
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Probably not a way to get it bright red after adding cocoa, but if you're looking for red accents like the hearts on playing cards, why not just paint it on white? My favorite way to get mmf really red is to add red modeling chocolate made from red candy melts. If you've got the coupon, you might want to just spring for the Duff's though- easy.

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cashley Posted 6 May 2011 , 7:03pm
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Americolor super red is the easiest way to get a real red. Wilton colors don't work that well for red.

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Cindy619 Posted 6 May 2011 , 7:37pm
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Adding cocoa powder works if you are trying to get a deep "red" (with the brown undertone) but not a bright red. Adding brown to any color will give you a muted tone and unfortunately there is no way that i am aware of to cancel out the brown. If you only have Wilton colors available, the Christmas Red usually gives the best red results. Wilton also carries a box of fondant in primary colors, and I believe they will be selling larger quantities of certain colors including red starting any day now (depends on whether your local store has put put out the new stuff yet). If you want to make it work with items you already have, I second the idea mentioned earlier about just painting your white Fondant red after you've already shaped it into chips or whatever you needed. Good luck!

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Lovin_Cakes30 Posted 18 May 2011 , 1:42am
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Hey thanks for all the replies! It really was a dumb newbie mistake but I eneded up using the dark red anyway and it ended up pretty cool! Everyone loved it. I will know how to get a better red next time! I would like to try the candy melt thing and some americolor too. Can't believe how fun this is! I feel like I have a new way to express some creativity besides through dance choreography and it is super addicting!!!!!!!!

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