Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to Make Red Icing

A little while back, I was busy getting ready to decorate approximately 200 cupcakes for my mums church Light Party. I started thinking about how the colour red actually isn't that easy to make and it occurred to me that other people may like to know how to make red icing too, so I thought I'd share how I get the colour RED.

Red Buttercream or Royal Icing:
I always use gel colouring when making icing now, it's a lot less messy and I always get the colour I want. To get a nice vibrant red, first use pink food colouring and make up a nice strong pink coloured icing. Then add the red gel colour (I use Wilton's Red Red).

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Red Fondant:
Use the same method as above, make up a pink fondant nice and strong in colour, then add your red colouring. It's always best to make this at least the night before, mainly because the colour will keep developing after you've added it to the fondant but also because it's a lot easier to work with (it's not so soft).
Cupcakes by Hello Naomi
Red Cake Batter:
You can use normal liquid food colouring in cake batters, this shows up really well and it is a lot cheaper than buying the gels. When I make Red Velvet cake I always mix the red colouring and the cocoa together before adding the the mixture. Adding the cocoa makes it nice and deep red. When I made a rainbow cake the red layer looked too light and kind of yucky so I added a tiny bit of cocoa and it looked much better!

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4 comments :

  1. Thanks so much for the tips! I've been looking for an easier way to get true red icing that didn't involve me using the whole bottle of gel :)

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    1. Hi Toozy,
      You are SO welcome! Glad I could help!

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  2. THANKS FOR THE TIPS THEY WILL BE SO USED FULL ON MY KIDS BIRTHDAY

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found it useful, good luck on your kids birthday, would love to see photos!

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