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Old 05-16-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Strawberry Red

SO wants to make a cake to look like a strawberry. Bright red!

I'm not sure you can get that deep dark red with food coloring from the grocery store. What do I do?

Can she just dump a ton of red food coloring into the frosting or should we be buying something else?
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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Red Cake

Andy, when making red velvet cake, which is pretty red, we add like 2 ounces of red food coloring. I think that would work regardless of the flavor of cake. Then red food coloring in the icing.

Is the cake going to be flavored with strawberries?

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Old 05-16-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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Andy, when making red velvet cake, which is pretty red, we add like 2 ounces of red food coloring. I think that would work regardless of the flavor of cake. Then red food coloring in the icing.

Is the cake going to be flavored with strawberries?

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We're only concerned with coloring the frosting. The cake will be a yellow cake.

The cake will not be flavored with strawberries but there will be strawberries between the layers.
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I think there's a thing called color paste that you can get in the stores that sell cake decorating tools. It's used to make more vibrant colors. I know my sister has used that but I've never tried it myself. Often the stuff in the little bottles in the grocery stores won't get you the really vibrant reds.
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My sister uses the paste too for icing and also for candy that she makes. It's very red.
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SO wants to make a cake to look like a strawberry. Bright red!

I'm not sure you can get that deep dark red with food coloring from the grocery store. What do I do?

Can she just dump a ton of red food coloring into the frosting or should we be buying something else?
Andy, Wilton makes concentrated gel colors that work great I use them often for my frostings as well as red velvet cake... You can get them at Michaels, i'm assuming you have a Michaels in your neck of the woods...

Go slow with them as they are very intense, and a very little goes along way... What I usually do is keep some frosting seperate from what i'm coloring just in case I get carried away, then I can add the white frosting in and tone it down... Hope this helps....
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I wonder, to avoid too much red dye, if you could add Beet juice to the red dye to intensify it. Just a thought.
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I wonder, to avoid too much red dye, if you could add Beet juice to the red dye to intensify it. Just a thought.
Mollyanne unlike the food coloring you buy from the supermarket (where you have to use 1-2 ounces just to get the right color for red velvet cake) the gel is used sparingly... I use a toothpick to add to frostings, and cake batters...

As for beets, IDK, hey heres an idea Google it google girl!!!

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mmmmm, beet cake.

lol, j/k mollyanne. beets are a great natural dye.

andy, are you going to make all of the little seed specks, like on a real strawberry?
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...andy, are you going to make all of the little seed specks, like on a real strawberry?
Not a chance! I don't have the patience for that. SO is making this cake. I'm just the computer assistant.
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