One of the biggest challenges I had when I started working with fondant was how to get a deep red, blue or black. I usually ended up with a big sticky mess, finally deciding to go to the cake supply store and buy the premade colored fondant. Using a large amount of gel can change the consistency of your fondant.
Others who have tried using only powdered cake colors find it compromises the elasticisty of the fondant, making it unflexible and difficult to work with.
So I have found several ways to make a deep colored fondant...
I will show the different methods using different colors.
This method is effective when you need a small amount of fondant for decorating.
This is an easy and tastier means to an end.
Make red candy clay using red candy melts.*
If your fondant is too soft, knead 1 tablespoon of confectioners sugar at a time until fondant is desired consistency.
Wrap with plastic wrap and place in an airtight container until ready to use.
1 lb Colored Candy Melts
1/3 cup light corn syrup
Melt Candy Melts following package directions. Stir in corn syrup and Blend will. Place mixture onto waxed paper and let set at room temperature until ready to use. When ready to use, knead candy clay until malleable before adding to fondant.
Tutorial and photography by Jacque Benson. copyright 2010 all rights reserved.
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