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Using Americolor gel colors in buttercream,fondant and royal icing.

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Hi everyone

 

After hearing so much about how americolor gel colors are so good, I went ahead and picked up a bottle of each color available. The problem I am having is getting colors right. I see so many bright and bold colors and wonder how its done. I use Fond X fondant and the color fades down to almost nothing in a matter of hours after adding color. when using the colors in buttercream(all butter) the colors are always off. I tried making a nice light pink and it came out peachy colored. Green came out almost grey like.The only time i seem to achieve some decent colors is when i color royal icing. If anyone can give some tips on how you color your icing/fondant I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

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This might help. I have not experimented:

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/food-coloring-chart.html

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Hi everyone

 

After hearing so much about how americolor gel colors are so good, I went ahead and picked up a bottle of each color available. The problem I am having is getting colors right. I see so many bright and bold colors and wonder how its done. I use Fond X fondant and the color fades down to almost nothing in a matter of hours after adding color. when using the colors in buttercream(all butter) the colors are always off. I tried making a nice light pink and it came out peachy colored. Green came out almost grey like.The only time i seem to achieve some decent colors is when i color royal icing. If anyone can give some tips on how you color your icing/fondant I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

 

Well, an all butter buttercream will be tougher to color because your butter most likely causes it to be yellowish to begin with--pink+yellow = peach and green+yellow=grey.  Your royal colors are bright because it starts out pure white.

 

Try adding a few dots of violet color to get it whiter and then add in your other colors. 

 

If your BC has no powdered sugar in it--if it's just butter, sugar syrup, and egg whites-- it will probably never get "jewel" tone with the liquid colors.  You can bump up the colors for that type of icing using powdered colors and/or candy colors (oil based, so they color butter based icings better).

 

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