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Friday, December 3, 2021

Coloring Fondant to a Deep Hue

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.

Let's start with the color

This method is effective when you need a small amount of fondant for decorating.

Knead blue gel into your fondant until it is a nice robin's egg blue. Your fondant will be barely sticky. Once you find it becoming rather soft stop adding gel color.
Mix about 1/2 tsp blue candy/cake powdered food coloring with a tablespoon of confectioners sugar.
Knead into your fondant.  If you desire a deeper hue, sprinkle a small amount of color
on top and knead into your fondant until your fondant is desired color.

 Double wrap your fondant in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. It will continue to
deepen in color as it sets.
Here is a technique for making fondant

This method is for achieving a deep black without a lot of mess. It will, however, taste like chocolate!

The easiest way to acheive a nice black fondant is to start with chocolate fondant.

 It is a very dark brown, so by the time you knead in black candy/cake powdered color you will have a nice dark black hue.

Here is another method to make a deep colored fondant.
I will demonstrate the color

This method is effective when you desire a larger amount of fondant to cover an entire cake.

This  is an easy and tastier means to an end.
Make red candy clay using red candy melts.*
It is easy to make candy clay by mixing candy melts with white corn syrup.

Use around 2 parts white fondant to 1 part colored candy clay.

Knead your candy clay into your fondant.

Once your candy clay in incorporated into the fondant, you can deepen the color by adding powdered food color. Knead into the fondant. 

Keep adding powdered color until you achieve a deep red hue.
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.

 I used all three of these methods to color the fondant  used for myThomas the Train pictured below.

Try experimenting with different color candy melts, gels and powdered colors. The more
you practice, the easier it gets to get that dark rich color for your decorating needs.


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.
This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.


  1. Thanks for sharing this tip! :) Interesting to know that i can make red color using candy melts. I've done red before using gel only and it became a sticky mess..lol! :)

  2. Thanks for the tip! I was madly in love with cake decorating once and I do get into it every now and then; definitely need some extra tips too!

  3. Thank you so much--that was very informative! Could you post a recipe for chocolate fondant? I recently tried to make some and it was the palest brown. I added lots of brown gel coloring, but I never got the dark color I was looking for.

  4. Thank you all for the comments!

    Sweet Neice,
    I used Satin Ice chocolate fondant.
    But if you want to make your own,
    why don't you use the last method using a mix of dark chocolate candy clay combined with white fondant, then knead in brown powdered color.
    Experiment for yourself and see what you can come up with! ;-)

  5. Thanks for the timely post ...I have to make a Minnie Mouse cake and was wondering the easiest way to make some red fondant.

  6. Thanks for the clay recipe! This will be so helpful in my first attempt in making a fondant cake and the whole thing will be deep red. I feel much more confident going into it now.

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