How to Color Fondant

Coloring fondant is really simple– just takes a little hand work!

  • wax paper
  • fondant
  • icing food coloring*
  • gloves (optional)

*There are different types of food coloring.  We have tried these two different ways and both worked fine.  The picture directly below shows coloring that is specifically for coloring icing and is thicker than your regular food coloring.  We use this when we have it on hand.  However, there have been a couple of times we forgot to buy the right color and have used regular food coloring and it also worked fine.  In the pictures below, the black fondant was colored with the icing coloring and the blue fondant was colored with regular food coloring.

Game Plan:

1.  Grab as much fondant as you’ll need for the part you want to color and place on wax paper.

You might want to grab a little extra because it may be hard to match the color if you run out.

2.  Put on latex gloves if you don’t want your hands to stain.

We never bother with this and when they do get stained, it is just a little bit.  I guess we just don’t mind getting a bit messy!

3.  Use a knife or a toothpick to dip into the color and then spread it onto the fondant.

coloring fondant black

Black icing coloring spread onto the white fondant

4.  Knead the fondant until the color is well blended.

This may take awhile.  You don’t want there to be any streaks or darker areas.

knead black coloring into the fondant

White fondant after black coloring has been kneaded into it

coloring fondant

White fondant after having blue food coloring kneaded into it

5. Apply more color if needed and repeat steps 3 and 4 until desired color is reached.

Make sure the color is fully blended before adding more color.

6. Apply fondant to a cake or mold it into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and put it in an airtight container until usage.

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