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Ok, so I had this cake I was doing for a friend on Monday. I bought Americolor Regal Purple, I was using Fondx Virgin White fondant. I tried and tried to get it purple, I used most of the tube of color and all I got was a pretty blue color. So, I decided to go ahead and use that color blue, anyway I was making some stars for the top and decided to mix gumpaste with fondant, I tried coloring the gumpast with the regal purple and behold it was purple, just the color I was originally wanting! What the heck. Now I am working on another cake for someone and need some black for accents, so, I try coloring last night same fondant and it looks black at first but then turns a green color. Needless to say, I was totally freaked out!! When I was doing the purple color my hands turned a bright pink, took me forever to get it off. I guess there is something in the fondant that does not take color properly, I don't know, any ideas???????
post #2 of 21
i dont know what to say other than buy a new brand of fondant lol. i have never had problems coloring my fondant...
post #3 of 21
The regal purple never comes out a true purple. Don't know why but I tried to different fondants and it will not come to a true purple color. It was a night mare for my son's dragon cake. Luck I had some base purple from wilton and then I luster dust the cake with color.

You are going to have to mix red and blue to achieve the purple you want.

Good luck.
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post #4 of 21
Well, first, I always use gloves to add color-i hate pink hands.

I haven't tried the virgin white, but I am guessing it may have a whitener in it. Most 'white' fondant isn't a bright white. the whitener may be interfering with the coloring.
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post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by JoAnnB

Well, first, I always use gloves to add color-i hate pink hands.

I haven't tried the virgin white, but I am guessing it may have a whitener in it. Most 'white' fondant isn't a bright white. the whitener may be interfering with the coloring.



Ditto on that! That's my guess too thumbs_up.gif
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post #6 of 21
You can buy pre-colored Satin Ice Fondant in both purple and black. That might be the easiest way to avoid the whole issue of strange colors.
post #7 of 21
I think it is probably something in the fondant which prohibits it from turning the colour you want it to go. I did a course with Colette Peters where I had the same experience with colouring fondant black, it was green no matter how much paste I added. She said certain brands will have chemical reaction with certain colours, altering the end result. Her advice was to use powdered colour, and sure enough, my green fondant finally turned black.
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post #8 of 21
Narie,
Where are you buying your colored satin ice? I can get white locally but I wasn't sure where I should order the colors from.
post #9 of 21
Both black and purple are not primary colors so you have to use other primary colors to make it. Im sure there is something in the Fondx that is reacting to it. I would of tried adding red to your blue and it should of given you a purple color. Black would of been a mix of a bunch of colors. But your best bet is to either use a different brand fondant that allows you to color (such as Satin Ice) or use a different type of coloring such as a dust or gel. Or buy the precolored Fondx or Satin Ice!!!
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by weirkd

Both black and purple are not primary colors so you have to use other primary colors to make it. Im sure there is something in the Fondx that is reacting to it. I would of tried adding red to your blue and it should of given you a purple color. Black would of been a mix of a bunch of colors. But your best bet is to either use a different brand fondant that allows you to color (such as Satin Ice) or use a different type of coloring such as a dust or gel. Or buy the precolored Fondx or Satin Ice!!!



Definately go with pre-colored fondant when you can!! It might cost a bit more, but when you figure how much time you spend coloring your own, it is more than worth it! It will save you headaches and you get to spend more time doing what you love...decorating cake! icon_smile.gif
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post #11 of 21
I'm thinking it's the fondant too. I made a Halloween cake this past weekend that I needed both black and purple fondant for and didn't have a problem achieving the colors. I use homemade MMF and the coloring was Wilton purple and black. It's in my photos.
post #12 of 21
I talked to the owner of the local cake supply store about this not long ago - the virgin white does have a whitener in it that prohibits it from coloring dark colors the shade you would need or want it. She suggested starting with the ivory fondx for dark colors to get the color you want or as others have suggested, buy it pre-made if they have the color you want.
post #13 of 21
i totally have the same problem. I wanted to color my white satin ice brown just plain brown, i used chocoalte brown and tried all over again with warm brown, neither gave me brown until i added some yellow. There DEFINATELTY has to be something in it....but i did figure out how to get flesh (thats the only thing i could achieve with either of the browns).....i feel your pain.
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post #14 of 21
I have issues with the Americolor black and mmf. I almost always get a green color when I try to airbrush mmf with the americolor black. Unless I use an obsessive amount of airbrush and then it runs of course.
post #15 of 21
I talked to the owner of the local cake supply store about this not long ago - the virgin white does have a whitener in it that prohibits it from coloring dark colors the shade you would need or want it. She suggested starting with the ivory fondx for dark colors to get the color you want or as others have suggested, buy it pre-made if they have the color you want.
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