What is the best type of coloring to use for black fondant?
by Patricia Dalton Bagley
Satin Ice Black
I have to make a wedding cake with a black fondant ribbon boarder applied to a buttercream frosting.
When I tried out a sample of fondant, adding black gel coloring to my white fondant I noticed that the black coloring transferred to my hands and other surfaces.
I am worried that it will bleed into the frosting. Is there a better way to color the fondant? Or should I look for ready made black fondant? (I usually make my own)I will appreciate any suggestions.
Trish Lorelie's Response Hi Trish,
I recommend using the pre colored fondant mainly because it's so messy to mix yourself, as you discovered, and because of the amount of coloring required to make your fondant truly black. If it was soft pink or another pastel color, then it would be a little more practical to mix the colors yourself.
The black coloring however will bleed onto the buttercream if you put it on too soon, or if you put it on and then refrigerate the cake. Wait as long as possible to place the ribbon on to your cake. I personally would do it after the cake is set up on the cake table at the venue.
Have your ribbon cut into strips, roll it carefully and place in a plastic bag. Bring extra ribbon and tools just in case you have a mishap.
I prefer Satin Ice
Fondant because it tastes good, is not dry, stays fresh in the container and is easy to work with.
Good Luck with your wedding cake and please feel free to add it to the website at any time. You can submit it here with some information about your cake and how you made it for a chance to win "Cake Of The Month" and become a finalist in the wedding cake contest.
Black Fondant Ribbon
Thanks for your reply Lorelie. I did go ahead and order some pre made black (white chocolate)fondant. I ordered a product called Cal-Java Black because I didn't see the Satin Ice in black and the Cal-Java came in just a 2# container.
I will wait as long as possible to apply the ribbon, as you suggested. Actually the bride doesn't really care if the ribbon is fondant or real satin ribbon.
I like to use the fondant because it makes it less of a problem when the couple cuts the first piece. You can't cut through a satin ribbon. So if the fondant ribbon doesn't work out I have an alternative.
Thanks again. I'll let you know how it turns out. The wedding is May 12th.
Trish Lorelie's Response
Oh good Trish, I'm glad you found what you needed, good luck, can't wait to see a photo and hear all about it. Ill be rooting for you