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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 
No matter how much colouring I add to my buttercream or fondant, I can never get beyond pastel. How can I get a bright red without it being pink?
post #2 of 42
what type of coloring are you using? I used Wiltons paste and the colors seem pretty vibrant, even in fondant.
post #3 of 42
Are you using paste coloring? What shade are you using? Try "no-taste Red" and use a lot of it. I do not know about fondant, but buttercream will darken overnight, so try making it a day ahead and then check it for the coloring before applying.

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post #4 of 42
You'll have to use more of whatever brand you're using. It's really hard to go from white to red. You may even use a whole jar/bottle or more of the red coloring. I use americolor's red red and it takes less to get a really red icing than the Wilton's no taste red.
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post #5 of 42
Thread Starter 
I'm just using regular jell colour. Once I tried so hard to get to red, but it still ended up pink, and it tasted so terrible I had to throw it out.
post #6 of 42
Yeah, the Wilton gel/paste coloring, right? The red is known to taste pretty badly, which is why they have made one called "No Taste Red".
post #7 of 42
Thread Starter 
ok, so I just have to buy a special colour? easy enough
post #8 of 42
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Originally Posted by p106_peppy

I'm just using regular jell colour. Once I tried so hard to get to red, but it still ended up pink, and it tasted so terrible I had to throw it out.



Oh...sorry! I had the same thing happen to me once. It's one of those lessons you learn and never forget. I wonder how many people that's happened to. Why do they even continue to make it?
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post #9 of 42
To use the Wilton no taste red, I color my buttercream pink first, then start adding the no taste red, it seems to help. The easiest way is to use Americolor. The red is red in just a couple of drops of color.
post #10 of 42
Personally, I don't use any of the Wilton coloring products. lthere are many better brands available. Janice
post #11 of 42
well, would you mind naming a few of the better brands?
post #12 of 42
I didn't mean to sound like such an authority, because I'm not, I just don't care for the Wilton.

I'm using both Americolor and CK products right now (I ordered some from Sugarcraft.com and have since discovered a cake supply store not too far away that carries both also). I understand that Magic Line makes good colors, although I have not used them (I have some of their cake pans that I really do like!)

My Americolors are soft gel paste in a bottle with a flip open cap that makes it easy to add to whatever you are coloring. The CK powders are good, but do seem to take a lot, especially if you want darker colors and a little more difficult to blend in.

Janice
post #13 of 42
Your colors will be more intense if you use milk instead of water...you might already be doing that, but others may not be aware!


Lisa...I just wanted to let you know that I deleted that post...didn't want you to think you were losing your noodles!!
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post #14 of 42
veejaytx, i didn't mean to come across snotty, sorry if i did. i just figuered that if you knew of a better product, it would be nice of you to share the info.
post #15 of 42
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Originally Posted by MrsMissey

Your colors will be more intense if you use milk instead of water...you might already be doing that, but others may not be aware!


Lisa...I just wanted to let you know that I deleted that post...didn't want you to think you were losing your noodles!!



Thanks! I knew one of you Mods would come to my rescue icon_biggrin.gif

I haven't noticed a difference in color intensity when I use water instead of milk. I just know you have to use a lot to get red either way and no matter what brand. Sometimes I think it might be cheaper just to buy my black and red pre-made.
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