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Red velet cupcake help pls! :'(

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meerkatmad Mon 29-Oct-12 11:10:15

I have triend making red velvet cupcakes a couple of times with my neice now but everytime we make them the cocoa powder overpowers the red food dye, turning them brown everytime, even when use a small amount of cocoa & more food dye sad (the mix was even a nice red colour)! Does anybody know how to stop this & keep the cupcakes red in the middle? So confused! Pls help thanks!!

PandaNot Mon 29-Oct-12 11:12:02

The problem is with the type of colouring you're using. The 'natural' reds just aren't strong enough. Try the Silver Spoon one, that works but you need to put the whole bottle in! Works fine though.

daisydoodoo Mon 29-Oct-12 11:13:42

the gel food colourings brought in specialist cake hops are usually strong enough to colour anything. I made ds1 a royal blue chocolate cake with the gel food colouring, was a bit darker than id hoped as was for his football teams colours, but was still better than the attempt with food colouring brought in the supermarket.

weeblueberry Tue 30-Oct-12 13:47:50

Panda is bang on. Silver Spoon used to do a colour called 'red'. They subtly changed it to 'natural red' about 18 months ago and it makes absolutely no difference to the colour of anything. Even putting it in frosting makes it go brown.

Daisy is right in that getting the gel food colourings is the way to go I think. You can pick them up in Asda or (at a push) Hobbycraft. The ratio is slightly different but it will definitely make them red. smile

nannycook Tue 30-Oct-12 21:22:28

Meerkat, the pastes are even better, haven't you got a cake decorating shop anywhere near you?

bluebird68 Wed 07-Nov-12 09:46:56

the real problem is probably the type of cocoa you are using. I'm assuming you're in the uk. For red velvet you need a paler cocoa- basically you need natural cocoa NOT dutch process. Its a specialist product , some health food shops may sell otherwise its the internet.

bluebird68 Wed 07-Nov-12 09:48:28

TakingTheStairs Wed 07-Nov-12 09:49:39

I use this website to order baking supplies.
This food colouring is professional standard and will give you the colours you're after.

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