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Old 03-03-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Question ISO help making red icing

i'm having trouble getting my icing red, and once i finally get it red enough, it taste horrible! I'm using the wilton paste coloring... any suggestions?

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Old 03-03-2009, 12:26 PM   #2
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Red is the hardest color to use. I have found that adding some coloring to the butter as you cream it helps to get a base without using as much. Then, after you have beaten in the sugar and milk/water, you can add more to bring it to the shade you want. Also, make sure you add a flavoring such as vanilla or any other extract to offset the coloring taste. Here I don't worry about using a clear vanilla because the darkness of regular vanilla actually helps deepen the color (but don't go overboard on the vanilla).

This works with gumpaste for flowers as well. I use a powder mix and I add coloring with the water as I measure it and it gives a nice base to work with, without making the paste too sloppy.
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Old 03-03-2009, 02:46 PM   #3
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good idea! thanks!
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:58 PM   #4
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Apparently Wilton makes a no-taste red colouring these days; they claim that the colour is as vibrant as with the regular colouring so it might be worth giving it a try. The red colour I used in England years and years ago didn't have this problem (I was really surprised when I first came to the USA and ran across the revolting flavour of the red food colouring), so mail-order from an overseas supplier is also an option.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #5
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alright, i'll look into the no-taste coloring, thanks !
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:49 PM   #6
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I like Americolor way better than any Wilton colors. Once I tried those I never bought another wilton color. My reds are red not pink, black is black, not grey. I purchase online at globalsugarart.com
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Old 03-11-2009, 03:27 PM   #7
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really? that is interesting, i'm excited about looking into those!!
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:02 PM   #8
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I've always used powder food colors when trying for reds & blacks.

It's easy to find if you google it.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:53 PM   #9
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i did not know there was such a thing as powder food coloring. will check it out!
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