Red gum paste roses

by Asha
(Trinidad)

Hi, I making my first wedding cake and the roses are supposed to be dark red. I coloured two batches already but was not pleased with the colour and I'm not sure how to get it. I've read that I can use the luster dust after but do you have any other suggestions? Thank you in advance.


Hi Asha, It's difficult to get a deep red with just the coloring. I would use a Christmas red or even a burgundy red and then as you were reading use a red luster dust mixed with a little almond extract to paint over the flowers after they dry.

An alternative is to try the air brushing if you want to invest in all of that. You can buy cans of food coloring spray. A new product line just came out called Duff and they have them.

Good luck with your red gum paste roses


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Jun 06, 2011
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set the colour of gupaste flowers
by: madeitwithlove

I was interested to read the comments on red gum paste roses. I find giving gum paste flowers a gentle steam over a kettle sets the colour making it more realistic. This might help to improve a colour which perhaps is not quite right. Please be careful when steaming flowers, it is to be done for just a fraction of a second,and always beware of being scalded. I always wait until kettle has finished boiling and
hold the flower in a slotted spoon over the steam.
Hope this helps.

Thank you Roshan :-)

Jun 08, 2011
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Red roses
by: Colleen

In Rose's Cake Bible her recipe for red roses using plastic chocolate:

6 oz red candy coating
1 tsp powdered red food coloring
optional: powdered blue food coloring for dimming the color
2 Tbl. corn syrup

melt candy coating, stir in food coloring, then corn syrup.

the chocolate will begin to form a ball and harden.
wrap in saran wrap and flatten, wrap again and let rest on counter for at least 6 hours.

brush roses with corn syrup for a shiny porcelain glaze.

the roses will harden and keep in a covered container up to 1 year.

I use this for almost all of my flowers. You have to work a little quicker but modeling them is easier. You can use cutouts on it. If your hands get hot, I keep a gel pack on my cooled marble.

Thank you again Colleen. I should have thought of that I have her book and use it for so many things. And her roses are right on the cover. I have never tried them, now I will. Thanks
Lorelie

Jul 11, 2011
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Red roses
by: Asha

I used the method of painting the roses with burgundy colouring and it worked really well. This is a pic of the cake


Aug 20, 2011
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Pic
by: Anonymous

I will try to upload a pic of the finished product.

Aug 21, 2011
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Photo of red roses
by: Loreleli

Ok make sure the file is not too large. You can resize it using paint or Picnik to a smaller file size. If you have trouble doing that email it to me at cpastrychef@gmail.com

Thanks

Apr 07, 2014
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Red roses
by: Anonymous

I use red food coloring n cocoa powder. I will like to attach a pic of the results

Apr 07, 2014
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Thank you
by: Lorelie

I can't wait to see the photo. You can send it to me via email if you like or use the content 2.0 form on the questions page and I will put it in with this post. :-) Thanks so much

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