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How do I get deep red icing?

post #1 of 11
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I just made buttercream icing and want to tint it red. I am using the Wilton no taste red. Right now it is pink. Should I keep adding more or should I mix a color with it to get it darker. I am going for a mickey mouse clubhouse red. Also, if I add alot of red will it taste yuck?
post #2 of 11
If you are using the no taste it shouldn't....much. Keep adding. It takes a LOT of coloring to get the deep colors. I would suggest if you are going to do deep colors to use the Americolor Gels. Super Red and Super Black work wonders and use much less than the Wilton. I use strictly Americolrs if I can help it but will occasionally use the Wilton.

Editied: If you don't have a baking supply store near you, Americolors can be ordered on line by the bottle or in box sets. They have a wonderful Electric color set.
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post #3 of 11
i always tell my students that when making red use pink or orange first (any colour tone that is in the red family) then add red colouring. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you they now carry americolor super red i would recommend you get that for making red. Anyway you will need to keep adding colour to what you have made already and then let it rest as it will develope over time.
post #4 of 11
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Thank you so much! I appreciate the help.
post #5 of 11
I have to make some pointesttias for as sedding cake. What would you suggest to add to the red to make it a deeper red, not so much Christmas red? I do not have a Hobby Lobby, only Micheals and JoAnn's. thanks
Namaste,
Karen
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Karen
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post #6 of 11
add just a touch of black, at first it will look greyish red but then it will become a deeper red.
post #7 of 11
Thank you so much.
Namaste,
Karen
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Karen
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post #8 of 11
I actually like to add some cocoa powder to the icing if I'm going for a deep red.
post #9 of 11
^ Thanks! That makes it taste good too! I bet
Namaste,
Karen
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Karen
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post #10 of 11
Hiya, not sure if this help now, but if you look in my pictures, you can see a rainbow cake I made ( the one from wilton course 1). ( just to compare the kind of red you want) I got a really red red by adding wilton rose color to the icing, getting it a bright/deep rose, let it sit for 10 minutes and then added red to it and let it sit about half an hour to an hour. I hope this helps. It really worked for me.
post #11 of 11
I love all of these ideas. Think I will try them all tomorrow !
Namaste,
Karen
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Karen
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