How to color fondant; this is the question that plagues many beginner decorators. Coloring fondant can be a frustrating endeavor; trust me, been there, done that!
You are looking to make a bright frozen character purple and you end up with a greyish dirty purple. This leaves you wondering “what on earth did I do wrong? Thankfully, we’ll draw from years of trial and error and experimentation to help you.
Here are a few tips on how you can get that bright, intense color to make your cakes pop:-
Use the Right Type of Color
First off, avoid liquid colors if possible. Liquid colors would impact on the consistency of your fondant and make it sticky. Gel or paste colors on the other hand do not alter the consistency of fondant. So they are considered the best type of food colors for fondant.
A close second best option for coloring fondant is powdered food color.
However, in a situation where all you have is liquid color, you can go ahead and use it. But you would have to add a little extra icing sugar to combat the stickiness.
Check out this video; you’ll learn a thing or two.
Add the Color From Scratch
In this method, you get to add the color at the beginning while making the fondant. This method is more viable for a situation where you need a large batch of colored fondant to cover a cake.
Colors like black for instance are less messy and easier to achieve if you add it to your wet ingredients while making the fondant. But alas this might not work all the time because most times you need several colors in small batches.
The accompanying video is for a marshmallow fondant recipe but the principle would apply for any fondant recipe. Check it out:
Add the Color In Little Drops
Start out by adding your color in drops; that way you’ll not be able to get a darker color than you intend. Drop by drop. It is easier to deepen fondant without needing more fondant than lightening it.
In case you add more color than you intend you can always add white fondant. But you don’t want this to happen all the time; so add your color one drop at a time.
Buy Ready-To –Use Colored Fondant
You can save yourself all the stress by buying already made colored fondant. This may not be a very cost effective idea especially if you are on a tight budget. But in those times when the end result is really important you may have to consider this option.
Combine Different Brands
One trick that I’ve learnt when trying for intense and vibrant colors is to combine colors from different brands. For example, to get a vibrant Frozen character cartoon purple, I use drops of purple gel color from three brands. This works for me but I do not want to give you the names of the brands I use. This is because you may not get them in your region.
However, go ahead and experiment with different brands on your own; you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Click here to read this article about food colors, it would give you more information.
Don’t forget to wear hand gloves when coloring fondant. But if you don’t like wearing gloves slather a generous amount of vegetable shortening on your hands. This would make it easier to wash off the food color from your hands.
Another trick is to use a plastic wrap or ziplock bag while coloring the fondant. Put the drops of color in the middle of the fondant and wrap the fondant around the color. Next place the fondant in the plastic bag/wrap and use the bag to knead the fondant until the color is properly incorporated.