Gum Paste Color Question

Decorating By seann11 Updated 28 Aug 2012 , 9:15pm by seann11

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seann11 Posted 25 Aug 2012 , 10:43pm
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I need to make some purple flowers. She wants them the darkest purple I can get. The color keeps fading. any suggestions on how to get or keep them dark.

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BlakesCakes Posted 25 Aug 2012 , 11:36pm
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Best bet is probably to dry dust them with purple petal dust or to airbrush them.

Pretty much all purples fade quickly--just the nature of the beast. I use ChefMaster No-fade Purple color, but honestly, it's not terribly dark. Many people do all of their gum paste flowers in white and then dry dust or airbrush.


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ibeeflower Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 12:06am
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I have heard that if you add a bit of baking powder to your fondant or gumpaste you can keep the red from fading, leaving it a truer purple. But I agree also with Rae, you could airbrush them to stop the color from fading.

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dawnybird Posted 26 Aug 2012 , 4:15am
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I just did a cake with super dark purple circles and someone on this forum advised me to add a bit of pink after I got the strong purple I wanted and it would help keep the purple from losing its color. I used Wilton violet for the purple and Wilton Pink. It worked! Sounds so simple, but it did work. Also, keep the finished purple pieces out of direct light.

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seann11 Posted 28 Aug 2012 , 9:15pm
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Thanks everyone. I talked the bride into silk flowers since I was not able to get them the color she wanted. If I had more time I would try painting them.

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