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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I am interested in making bright red and bright blue for a Spiderman cake When I use my regular color the icing just turns bright pink or baby blue what else can I add to make red and blue, such as the once used in Spiderman.

Thanks

Karla
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post #2 of 10
Welcome to CC Karla!

You definitely want to invest in Americolor products! Super red is amazing. Once you try Americolor you will never go back to wilton. They give you bold, true colors.
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Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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post #3 of 10
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Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 10
If you do a search in the forums using "search all words" and type in Red Icing you'll find a few threads to help you get bright red. I haven't done this for blue but perhaps the technique is similar...

I helped a friend get red icing for cupcakes and they turned out as red as Elmo. Here's the short version of what she did: Added a small bit of cocoa to start the darkening process, and then used Americolor super-red gel. Started 2 days ahead. [She also used some Americolor red powder for backup insurance.]

If you poke through some previous threads you'll also find some suggestions to color the icing pink first; or yellow, then orange, then red ((I think this is "Duff's method"), something to take the white out and get you on your way to red.

Also be sure to make it several hours, or better yet a day ahead. The color it is today is not the color it will be tomorrow; it will deepen.

Some use colored kool-aid to get the icing tinted but be aware, your icing will have that flavor. I don't think I'd be into that but if it's a flavor you want, then why not?!
post #5 of 10
I can tell you from my experiences with Americolor I have found it works better to go straight to the color you are trying to achieve. It worked against me to go the pink-orange-then red type route. Other colors, like Wilton, I had to do that but with Americolor you can just dive right in and use the color you need. I think it also may depend on the bc you use so rather than use product unnecessarily, experiment with a small amount in the color you are trying to achieve first.

The above methods do work wonders for some and that's why I think part of it depends on your bc.

Also, Americolor has great customer service. I had a ? about how to achieve a certain color and they e-mailed me right back with the how-to!
Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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post #6 of 10
I don't have any great advice, but just this week I tried the red kool-aid method and was a little disappointed. It tasted very, very cherry! Someone told me they use the unsweetened kool-aid, so I tried it. It was almost a sour cherry taste. I am expecting a call from the customer with a complaint any day now!

Thankfully, the entire cake didn't have the red icing on it.

I am interesting in trying the other suggestions from you guys....Thanks!
post #7 of 10
Michaels actually has the Spiderman icing color pack all ready to go. It has 4 colors, the red, blue...and I'm not sure of the other 2........
post #8 of 10
Use alot of wiltons no-taste red, also after you color your icing let it sit awhile the color will darken.
post #9 of 10
I used the Wiltons No Taste Red in a Cake I did so I could get a red color it came out pink after I used the whole jar. I let it sit and after a week it turn dark pink never got red.
Just wanted you to know.

Good luck!
Ronni
post #10 of 10
IN A CAKE????? What a dope!!
In the frosting for a cake...Sorry about that
I will get a cup of coffee now.
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