Many of my readers asked me how to color fondant after reading my post Fondant Recipe for the best Fondant Icing
There are two main reasons to color fondant:
- To color fondant so the cake looks just like you want it to
- To color fondant as the cake itself is too dark that it “shades” the white fondant color
This post is entirely about how to color fondant, if you want to make the fondant from scratch, read my previous post describing how to make Fondant Recipe
I hope this post answers how to color fondant, and I’ll do my best to answer any future questions you have.
So, How to Color Fondant:
- Roll the fondant into a ball on your counter and smash it out a bit until it’s soft and pliable
- Make a pit in the fondant, and using a toothpick add dots of icing color into the pit (use a clean toothpic each time you dip it in the color).
The important thing is to add just a little of the concentrated icing color at a time and then knead it over and over until you get an even spread of the color
- If the fondant is still too pale, use the same procedure to add in more color, but make sure you use a fresh toothpick every time you dip it into the color
- Once you finish to color the fondant, shape it to the shape of disks, wrap each fondant disk in plastic and place in an airtight container so the fondant keeps soft
How to Color Fondant – Tips:
- Wear All-Purpose Gloves on youe hands before you start to color fondant, so you your hands stain-free
- To color fondant, use Gel food color and not the liquid drops that you get from the grocery store.
Liquid food colors will make the fondant too wet and will not give the same intensity.
(The only exception to this rule is if you’re using an airbrush, as airbrush food colors are water based. When using an airbrush you’re not brushing and the spray is so light, it won’t hurt the fondant)
- Remember that it is easier to add color to the fondant than take it out, so start with a little amounts of color and add more as you need to
- When you come to color fondant, color more Fondant than you’ll need as it’s nearly impossible to match the color again if you need a little extra fondant
- Note that the fondant colors will darken slightly overnight and will fade if Fondant is left in the light for a long time
Happy Cooking J