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How to get the reddest red from Wilton colors for Elmo cake!

post #1 of 11
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Help! What is the best way to get the reddest color icing and Elmo cake? I've done reds before, but they just don't turn out a vivid as I would want them...and I used a ton of red coloring (Christmas Red or No Taste Red).

Any help would be appreciated.

Weezer
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post #2 of 11
Have you tried Americolor red? That gives a really vivid red color.
post #3 of 11
I make pink first (with pink), then add red. That works pretty good and as it sits it becomes more red. That's what I did to make my Elmo cake.
post #4 of 11
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Good idea! Where do you find Americolor?

Weezer
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post #5 of 11
I too have become an Americolor convert, especially for the darker colors. I could not believe how much easier it is to get that deep hue I was looking for. I even convinced my local supplier to carry Americolor gels now!
Ginny
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post #6 of 11
Whatever you do, do with all your heart!
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Whatever you do, do with all your heart!
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post #7 of 11
I have ended up using about 1/2 to 3/4 a jar of Wilton No-Taste Red in order to get a true red. Be sure to let your frosting rest for about an hour after mixing for it to come to its true hue. I haven't really had that much of a problem with getting the red or the black. It just takes a lot of coloring and you have to let it sit and rest at room temp for at least an hour. Plus as you are piping your decorations, I have found that the color darkens/brightens from the heat of your hand in the bag.

My frosting in the bag is also a little different of a shade when I go to refill the bag. icon_confused.gif

Hope this helps!!

Kristina
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Decorating is my PASSION!!

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post #8 of 11
Someone may have already said, but also remember that red, after you have colored the icing, if you let sit for while, it gets darker....
Its always about cake!!
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Its always about cake!!
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post #9 of 11
The Baker's Preferred Super Red is supposed to be the best for making red without that awful taste. It takes the least amount of color to achieve red.
post #10 of 11
I also use the no taste red. I make the icing the day before and let it come to room temp before using. Fishercakes, mine is a pinkish color icon_rolleyes.gif ,too, it darkens as it dries. My elmo cake came out nicely.
post #11 of 11
I use wilton's no-taste red also. If you use the burgundy & tint your icing a med pink & then add the red, it doesn't take much more than 4-5 dips of a toothpick to get in a deep vibrant red color - I also let mine sit overnight & it turns a perfect red color!
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