I finally figured out the secret ingredient for true red fondant: Super Red Soft Gel Paste by AmeriColor. Add it to the fondant recipe when you've reached the liquid stage (detailed below), and you should wind up with true red fondant like you see on the cake above (as well as unstained hands). Amazingly, Super Red has no chemical "red" taste; it just couldn't be more flawless! My knee-jerk reaction was to take down the following post, because it's mostly a play-by-play of the wrong turns I took on the road to the right red, but I thought you might find it amusing. And mostly, I want to spare you the same tedious journey! So, here you go, for nostalgia's sake:
fondant from scratch in this rather challenging color. I have a project coming up that requires true red fondant, and I'm thinking I might need to pick up a tub of Satin Ice Red Fondant (after all, this is the stuff that Buddy uses and it reportedly tastes good).
I do have one tip for coloring fondant in any color that I want to share with you. If you're following my fondant from scratch recipe, when you get to the "liquid stage" (where you're combining melted gelatine, glycerine, flavorings, and corn syrup), try adding the coloring to the mix. This was the first time ever in my fondant-coloring experience that I didn't have hands the color of my most recent project for days after.
The only drawback to coloring fondant using this method that I can see is you need to color the entire batch at once (as opposed to the method of adding color to only the amount of fondant you need). This, by the way, was the color I used, Red Red by AmeriColor; I used about five generous squirts of it:AmeriColor site (look up Red Red).
In a fit of nostalgia for my color theory days of art classes in high school, I gave the above fondant a shot of AmeriColor's Violet (figuring the blue in purple might cool it down a notch and the red in purple would just be redundant), and then this happened:
The difference is subtle, but definitely more delectable. In person, it has almost a fabric- or leather-like appearance. My quest for the perfect red is definitely not over…SO glad that I'm within a stone's throw of a store that stocks Satin Ice Red Fondant!
P.S. Last year I experimented with the Wilton reds; I've tried their Red-Red, Christmas Red, and No-Taste Red. All yielded shades of pink reminiscent of that thing you keep hearing about in the news.