Color Right Helpful Hints

Getting Started

  • Shake the bottle before each use.
  • Gently squeeze the bottle for one drop at a time
  • Hold the bottle at the same angle for consistent drop size.

Decorating Tips

  • Wipe the tip of the bottle after each use to clean off the excess color when you're done.
  • The Color Right performance color system is not intended for use with Candy Melts candy.
  • Store leftover colored icing in an airtight container away from light.
  • Store finished cakes away from direct sunlight to avoid natural color fading.


Color Matching

What are QuickCount color formulas?

They're easy drop-by-drop coloring instructions, including the QuickCount buttercream formulas created using 2 cups of Wilton Decorating Icing and the QuickCount fondant formulas creating using Wilton White Fondant. *Results may vary when using a different buttercream of fondant.

Can I make QuickCount colors using less icing or fondant

Yes. For Buttercream: Using Wilton Decorating Icing, mix the same QuickCount drop-by-drop formula into 1/4 cup of icing. Then, add 3-5 teaspoons of colored-icing to 1/2 cup of whiting icing. For Fondant: Mix the same QuickCount drop-by-drop formula into 1 oz. of plain white fondant. *To double the formula, add 5/8 inch colored-fondant ball to 2 oz. of white fondant.

Can I create my own custom colors?

Sure thing! Just remember the color is ultra-concentrated, so when creating your own colors, add them one drop at a time and mix thoroughly.

Can I match the same color later?

Absolutely! If you're making your own custom colors, just make sure to keep track of the number of drops you use. Or, follow our QuickCount formulas again and again.

Can my friend make the same exact color as me?

It will most likely be very close, but everybody squeezes at a different pressure. so a color created by one person may be slightly different that a color created by another. For the most accurate match, the same person should re-create additional batches of color.

How do I lighten my color if it came out too dark?

Add more of the base medium (icing, fondant or cake batter), or use Wilton's white-white food color to lighten.

Can I make light and pastel colors?

Of course! Just keep in mind QuickCount formulas are based on 2 cups of icing and 24 ounces of fondant.

Why did my icing color get darker over time?

Like any icing color, your finish color may deepen or darken over time. And, don't forget to store your finished cake away from direct sunlight to prevent natural color fading.

Is there a faster way to mix black icing?

Yes! Start with a darker icing. like our Wilton Chocolate Buttercream Recipe to minimize the number of drops you need. You'll only need 55 drops of black if you start with this recipe.

Color Mixing

Are some base colors thicker than others?

Yes, each base color is specially formulated, so keep that in mind when squeezing individual bottles.

Why does my base color look crystallized?

Color separation is completely natural; ensure the product is room temperature and shake to bring color back into solution. For something a little stronger, we recommend a hot water bath and step-by-step instructions below:

  • CAUTION: This technique requires boiling water, which can cause scalding burns; handle with cake. Do not microwave.
  • Boil water in a small pot of kettle.
  • Carefully pour boiled water into heat safe bowl.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon, carefully place closed Color Right bottle in water.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Using tongs or a slotted spoon, carefully remove bottle from bowl and place on a towel. Do not touch the bottle directly as bottle may still be hot. Wrap towel around bottle to wipe down excess water and shake color back into solution. Let bottle sit 5 minutes before handling directly.

Will Color Right affect the consistency of my icing?

Nope, it's ultra-concentrated so you don't have to worry about watery icing.

Can I use the same QuickCount buttercream recipe for fondant or cake batter?

No, you should follow the formulas created for the medium you're working with to achieve the color shown. We've created QuickCount formulas specifically for buttercream, fondant and royal icing.

Can I color fondant using Color Right?

Absolutely! We recommend using white fondant to provide the most neutral color palette for color creation.

Can I color cake batter using Color Right?

Of course! Using white cake mix will provide the most neutral color palette for color creation.

What else can I use Color Right with?

Use it to color royal icing, cake batter, fondant and gum paste, and cookie dough. Just remember that color formulas may vary depending on the medium you choose.

Only one of my bottles of base color ran out; do I have to buy a whole new set?

Not to worry. Replacement base colors are sold separately, just buy the color you need.