If you don't have time, start with pink icing, then add A LOT of Wilton's No-Taste Red. For black, you can start with chocolate icing (if you have some on-hand). If not, I usually take some other color I have on-hand & then add black to that.
For both black and red, many people start with chocolate icing. Same idea as above. It's easier to get darker colours when you start with a dark base. But you have to be OK with a chocolate icing (and some people may prefer a white or can't have chocolate).
I have even heard that some people make black by mixing together small portions of different coloured icings that they have left over from other projects. So they might have some leftover green one time, and they put it in freezer. Then, they maybe have some leftover blue or purple or whatever. That gets saved too. When black is needed, this mixture of colours is combined, and sometimes if the colours are dark enough, they'll combine to make black by themselves. But if they don't, you can then add black colouring to the mixture, and it shouldn't take too much black colouring to get a good black when there's such a mixture of colours to begin with. Not sure if you could make a red out of that??
Hope that helps.
Edited: 01/25/2008 4:00 PM by Moderator
If you let icing sit for a while, it does darken up some....not much but some.
If I ever need red icing and not that much I give in and buy the Wilton pre-made stuff sometimes....if all you got to do is write "happy birthday" in red...save yourself the frustration and get the pre-made stuff.
I recently made red fondant and it turned out pretty good by making it brown, then adding terra cotta, and then adding red, and then adding some maroon to darken it up, after I let it sit overnight, it was definitely red. (I attached a picture so you can see it, its the Semi-Truck Cake)
To make Black frosting I found (by accident) the best way to do it is to make Green frosting and then add black to it. I made green frosting for a Frankenstein cake a while ago and wanted black for his hair and well I just added black coloring to the green and it turned out perfect.
(I attached a pic so you can see the shade of green I used and you can also see how black my frosting came out by just adding black coloring to the already green frosting, its the frankenstein cake)
Edited: 01/28/2008 6:58 PM by Moderator
I needed black too, but I broke down and bought the pre-made tube of black icing at my grocery store (I don't need much). But now I know to start with green for the black and brown for the red.
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