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Coloring Fondant

By: Pix
Category: Cake Decorations

Adding food coloring to fondant is a simple, albeit messy, process. My first suggestion is to wear rubber gloves unless you’d like to end up with purple hands! My second suggestion is to use gel coloring instead of liquid food coloring. Fondant can become very sticky, and using a gel instead of a liquid helps to keep the fondant as solid as possible.

Coloring Fondant with Gel Icing Color

Coloring Fondant with Gel Icing Color

Kneading the Food Coloring into the Fondant

Kneading the Food Coloring into the Fondant


Fondant finished and ready for use

Fondant finished and ready for use

Begin by covering your workspace in powdered sugar. This will help keep the fondant from sticking to your work surface (and your hands). The next step is to add a small amount of gel color to the fondant. The easiest way to do this is to dip a toothpick into the color of your choice and then swipe the toothpick along the fondant. Less is more when you begin adding the color; you can always add more later if you desire a darker color, but it’s not always easy to “de-sticky” your fondant when it becomes too wet. Knead the fondant thoroughly until you have achieved the color you want.

Let the fondant rest for about an hour before using so that it will harden a bit, and you’re ready to go!

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