How Do I Get Red Frosting?

Decorating By gwensmommy11 Updated 9 Feb 2015 , 10:16pm by kakeladi

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gwensmommy11 Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 9:48pm
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I am having the hardest time getting a true red frosting!! 

I make my own buttercream.  I add the Wilton gel color in RED and it seemed pink.  I decided to go with a different color because it was a cake for a boy.  

Will it get more red once it sits for a while?  

I cannot achieve a good, true red!  



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kakeladi Posted 9 Feb 2015 , 10:16pm
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It's always best to make those primary/dark/intense colors at least the night before needing them as it takes time to develop the color.

Here are a few helpful hints:

Start by coloring your white icing orange, yellow or pink.  That way you will use much less red to get a red color.

Mix it up at least the night before or longer.

Use about a teaspoon UNsweetened KoolAid powder mixed well into your base colored icing.  This will flavor and color the b'cream.  I always used Black Cherry but any red colored flavor works.

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