With Halloween just around the corner, some of you might be thinking of specialty treats to create for this special ghoulish, fun time of year. Whether you’re decorating cakes, cupcakes, cookies or brownies, using fondant can be a quick and simple way to bring color and dimension to your design. The most popular colors to use for Halloween treats would be orange, purple, black and ghoulish-looking green. Don’t forget some yellow too!
But how do you achieve those colors in fondant? The easiest way (without any mixing of colors) would be to use the Neon Colors Multi-Pack Fondant which contains purple, orange, yellow and pink. (Save the hot pink color for another time.) Green can be found in the Primary Colors Multi-Pack. To make the green more ghoulish looking, add some of the yellow colored fondant from either of the Multi-Packs. Black colored fondant is in the Natural Colors Multi-Pack.
Now if you don’t mind mixing colors, the more economical way would be to color your own fondant. It’s not difficult to do. Just take a portion of white fondant (this will depend on how much you need for your design) and add some icing color to it. If it’s a small amount, use a toothpick to add the color. If it’s a large amount, grab your small spatula. Then just knead the color into it. Put a little solid vegetable shortening on your hands to help prevent the color from staining your hands. They will get stained but not as much with the shortening. Keep adding more icing color until you reach the shade desired.
For orange, use the orange icing color and white fondant. If you want a dark shade of orange, just keep working in more color until you reach that tone. If the shade you desire has more of a burnt orange ting, add some red-red icing color to the orange fondant.
For purple, use the violet icing color and white fondant. Remember, you control the shade of color by adding more or less icing color. Using just the violet icing color will give you a violet on the bluish side. Try adding rose icing color to the violet fondant to give you a better purple – more on the grape color side. (Whenever I use violet colored fondant or icing, I add rose color to it, to increase the pink pigment. Lighting – whether natural or fluorescent – has a tendency to bleach out some of the pink pigment. This could result in a bluish violet, maybe not what you really wanted.)
For black, use the black icing color and any color of fondant you might have. It doesn’t have to be white, unless that’s all you have. Just keep kneading in more black color until you reach the deep black shade. If you need a large amount of black fondant, start with making Chocolate Fondant.
Basically, you are making a recipe of Candy Clay, using Dark Cocoa Candy Melts® and then knead it into one 24 oz. package of fondant. Your fondant will be brown to start with and this will make it easier to color black. It won’t take as much icing color as if you started with white fondant. Plus it will taste much better! It will be a softer consistency than our regular fondant because of the candy clay.
Almost forgot about the yellow color! To achieve a bright yellow to accent your Halloween treats, try using a combination of golden yellow and lemon yellow with your white fondant. This will result in a rich yellow shade.
Whatever color of fondant you need, it might take a little experimenting with combinations of icing colors to achieve, but it can be done. Have fun with it and may your Halloween be filled with good treats and happy goblins.
Hint: If your hands are various shades of color after tinting your fondant, use a little bleach water to help get them clean.