Tricks & Tips – How to Achieve Vibrant Halloween Colors on your Fondant Treats

September 28th, 2010 by Mary Gavenda

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!

A Hoot and a Howl! Halloween CakeBut 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.

Bat Hang-Out Halloween CakeFor 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.

Halloween Fondant ColorsFor the ghoulish green color, use leaf green and lemon yellow and white fondant. Start with the leaf green, then add the lemon yellow until you achieve the limey green shade you want.

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.

Mary Gavenda Mary is a Senior Cake Decorator at Wilton. She started her cake decorating career as one of the first Wilton Method teachers in the Chicago area, teaching at various Sears, Montgomery Wards and JCPenney stores and earned her place in the Wilton Hall of Fame. As a cake decorator in the Decorating Room, she creates the cakes for photography used on new labels and packaging and in all Wilton publications. Mary also teaches the Introduction to Gum Paste Class at The Wilton School. Mary is a member of The International Cake Exploration Societé (ICES), an organization promoting the art of food and cake decorating throughout the world. She has served as Illinois State Representative, Past ICES Vice President and Corresponding Secretary during her 3-year term on the ICES Board of Directors. She is still active in the organization.

28 Replies

  1. MARIA DE JESUS says:

    HOLA¡ ACABO DE TERMINAR LOS CURSOS DE WILTON Y ME SIENTO MUY CONTENTA, POR SEGUIR APRENDIENDO MAS, YA QUE NUESTRA INSTRUCTORA NOS COMENTA QUE HAY NUEVAS FORMAS DE TRABAJO, OJALA, NOS LLEGUEN A MEXICO PRONTO, Y LES AGRADESCO SUS EMAILS QUE ME ALEGRAN Y ME DAN IDEAS DE TRABAJO, GRACIAS

    • SUSANAA says:

      pueden poner las recetas en español y otra pregunta en donde se dan en mexico los cursos wilton.

      • Diana says:

        Bueno les cuento que estoy en dubai y tambien dan los cursos. A pesar de ya haber tomado mis clases en USA me encontre que aca el foundant lo hacen diferente y un producto que necesitaba no lo encontre de la manera que lo venden en USA. Fue dificil elaborar una torta que queria por no encontrar lo que estaba acostumbrada a comprar. Acaso sera que los materiales tambien han variado?

        • Mary Gavenda says:

          Existe una oferta limitada de productos Wilton en venta en Dubai, cual es el mismo producto que se vende aquí en los Estados Unidos. Nuestro fondant no es certificado por Halal, por lo cual la distribución es limitada. Por favor póngase en contacto con nuestro distribuidor en Dubai para cualquier producto que necesite. Ojala pueda encontrar lo que necesite para completar sus tortas. Gracias.
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          English quick translation…Diana said the fondant she gets in Dubai is different than the USA. Sincce she took classes in the states and was very pleased with the Wilton fondant, she wants the same kind. Reply tellls her that there is a limited supply of Wilton Fondant in Dubai and where to get it.

  2. Zeyana says:

    I like very much you news letter, Im a home cakes maker I try to larn more about cream and decoration cakes I used to buy all cakes items from wilton but I did not get chance to go for class of decoration I just lern from books and your news letter

    Thanks and best regards to all staff of willton

    Zeyana

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      Glad you’re enjoying our various blogs. There is a lot of information to gain and help you in creating your special cakes and treats!
      So keep checking back for additonal blogs with loads of information to help you.

  3. Soy una principiante pero megusta mucho las ideas que ustedes nos dan recien estoy aprendiendo con mi profesora

    • Chuli says:

      I just came by from Cakewrecks, since he called out your amziang website and this is such an amziang cake and I found out you are in Portland!! I may be reaching out about a bday cake for my son!

  4. ROBERTSON says:

    am glad about ur company

  5. Karina Ronquillo Soxo says:

    Me encanta las ideas de wilton, esta semana nuestra maestra en Ecuador nos ha enseñado cosas maravillosas para Hallowen; gracias a Wilton y sigan con mas ideas

  6. Karina Ronquillo Soxo says:

    Seria bueno que nos ayuden con recetas en español a veces traducirlas es muy dificil.
    gracias!!!

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      Nos da gusto saber que le encanta nuestras ideas y que encuentre nuestra página Web muy útil. Tengo entendido que la traducción puede ser dificultoso. Eso es lo que nosotros tenemos que hacer cada vez que alguien tiene comentarios en otros idiomas. Nosotros tratamos lo mejor que podemos y usamos a nuestros colegas para ayudarnos a traducir. Eso no es su trabajo indicado pero nos ayudan como un favor. Es muy apreciada su ayuda pero desafortunadamente no tenemos el tiempo o los recursos en este momento para traducir todas nuestras recetas en diferentes idiomas. Gracias por su interés y esperemos que regrese pronto a ver nuestras nuevas ideas.

      • Mary Gavenda says:

        English version:

        Glad our website is very helpful to you and others.
        I understand the translating can be a challenge. That’s what we go through each time someone has comments in other languages. We try and do our best using co-workers from other areas in Wilton, to help translate for us. This isn’t their job but when they are able they do it as a favor to help. It’s very appreciated, but they don’t have the time to translate everything that would be needed.

  7. MARIA DE JESUS says:

    HOLA, DE NUEVO LES AGRADÈSCO SUS EMAILS, Y NO SE SI ME PUDIERAN ENSEÑAR A VESTIR GALLETAS DE AZÙCAR CON FONDANT?, LO VI EN LA TIENDA EN DONDE APRENDÌ LOS CURSOS DE WILTON Y ELLAS NO TIENEN EN EL FUTURO ESA CLASE, OJALA ME PUDIERAN DAR TIPS, NUEVAMENTE GRACIAS .

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  9. Jessica says:

    Mary, thanks for all of the great tips! I would not have thought to mix some of those colors, but they work out perfectly! Also, the bleach water trick is great, as I normally walk around for a few days with crazy colored hands!

    It was nice to meet you at the RC picnic this year!

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      Jessica,
      Glad you now have a solution for those colorful hands! Just add a little handcream afterwards incase the bleach is a little harse on your hands.

      Good luck with your decorating. And if you have any questions, now you now where to find me!
      Happy Halloween!

  10. claudia says:

    hello on sunday its my mother’s and I birthday and i was wondering if you had any great recipes on a great cake and how to decorate it.

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      Claudia,
      That’s a hard question to answer. What flavor do you both like, since you share the same very Special Day Birthday?
      Do you like Orange-keeping in the Halloween theme- if so, would an Orange Flavored Cake interest you?
      Do you like Carrot cake, which is usually a hit at this time of year?
      Or could it be a Good Chocolate Cake that’s usually a hit with everyone, at least me! I confess I’m a Chocoholic!
      See we could go on and on with various flavors and still not hit your favorite. There are many recipes on our Website at http://www.wilton.com/recipes/browse.cfm?cat=Cakes

      Would you decorate it for your birthday’s- keeping your interests in mind or would you follow the Halloween theme? Here are some Halloween themed cakes at http://www.wilton.com/ideas/browse.cfm?cat=Cakes&cel=Halloween&submit=Search
      So many decisions and so little time until Sunday.
      Whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be a very special cake because you did it and you’re mother will be so pleased.
      Happy Halloween Birthday Claudia!

  11. Cristina Hurtado says:

    Sorry, don’t speak english.
    Me encanta el mundo Wilton y sería muy feliz si pudiese viajar a Estados Unidos para hacer un curso intensivo de vuestro método de decoración.
    Vivo en España y me gustaría tener información sobre vuestros cursos y si los haceís en español: precios, fechas y de ser posible subvenciones.

    Gracias

    CRYS

    • Mary Gavenda says:

      Gracias por su interés en El Método Wilton de Decoración de Pasteles. Un representante de la Escuela Wilton se comunicará con usted para proporcionarle información adicional. Si gusta puede comunicarse directamente por email: WiltonSchool@wilton.com. Gracias.

  12. Kathy says:

    To prevent hands from being colored, I use some tight fitting plastic stretch gloves, like the medical community uses. I buy mine at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. I change them frequently when I change the color I’m using. It doesn’t effect the taste of my fondant at all.
    Thank you for the information you provide.
    I love this website, keep up the awesome work you all do!

  13. Caroline says:

    I am planning my kids’ annual halloween treats, we like doing something fun every year. We did cupcakes with fondant body parts last year. Your post will definitely get the guess work for my coloring this year, thank you so much.

  14. Mary Gavenda says:

    Good luck with your presentation! Glad the information was helpful to you.

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