Hi all. I finally bought some Ameri Color super red after reading tons of reviews. I know to start with a lighter color than I want and let it sit for awhile, but I am using 1 1/2 tubs of store bought white frosting and after four healthy drops and sitting for few hours, it's still pink. Should I gradually keep adding more super red? I am aiming for a Christmas-y type red to make an ornament cake.
Making red by adding red to white is going to take a lot of color, and it may ruin your fondant. Pull a small amount of fondant off, add a couple drops of green to see if it starts to counteract that pink. I usually make my own fondant, but if I need a deep red, I start with a pink base.
Go back and shake your bottle vigorously for about 2 minutes, sometimes the gel separates after sitting on a shelf for a while, it can also separate from temperature changes..
Then knead in quite a bit more. I make my own fondant, and when I am making super red fondant, I squeeze quite a bit of coloring.
As others said, starting from white to get red is probably going to take the whole bottle of red color :( No matter what type of icing one uses it;s best to tint it orange OR yellow OR pink 1st, then add the red. Just '4 healthy drops" is NOT going to do it. I know one can use any flavor of UNsweetened KoolAid that is red in b'cream. Haven't tried that w/fondant.
Is this fondant or canned icing?
Oh I can't read lol it does say store bought canned frosting. Disregard
I would add more red and a touch of cocoa powder to get a Chrismassy red.
I second the cocoa. It works very well to get a deep red and it still tastes good.
I always make orange then tint the orange red. I had not heard of the cocoa powder idea and will try that in the future!