How to color fondant

As I continue baking and cake decorating, I am LEARNING new things…

And nothing makes me happier than SHARING my knowledge with YOU :D

So, I have decided to do even MORE “how to” posts, especially for BEGINNERS.

For instance… how to frost a cake, how to color fondant e.t.c.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know either in the comments or through email (

Anyways, today’s post is focusing on “How to color fondant.” 

But first, let’s briefly talk about fondant…

There are many DIFFERENT brands out there. You can use WHATEVER fondant you like. 

But, I normally use marshmallow fondant (MMF) which I make at home.

My recipe is full-proof and tastes GREAT. It’s also cheap and easy to make. 

NOW, let’s talk about COLORING…I have put together some important/helpful points that I WISH I had KNOWN when I first started out…

 – When coloring fondant, you should ALWAYS use gel colors.

- DON’T ever use liquid coloring to color fondant. They make your fondant very sticky and insanely difficult to work with. 

- Gel colors can be found in the cake decorating aisles at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. You can even order them online from cake decorating sites such as Wilton. 

- People think gel colors are pricey. They are actually quite CHEAP… about 2-3 dollars per bottle.

- There are many different brands of gel colors out there. The two brands I use are Wilton and Americolor. Americolor gels are a few cents more expensive than Wilton gels. Americolor gel colors also seem deeper/brighter than Wilton’s get colors. 

- Gel colors are available in a HUGE range of shades. You can also mix different gel colors to create your own unique shades. 

- Gel colors are CONCENTRATED which means a little goes a LONG way. Your bottles will last you a very long time. 

- Along with fondant, gel colors can ALSO be used to color gum paste and frostings/buttercream icings.

- Gel colors CANNOT be used to color candy melts or melted chocolate. You need to buy special oil based colors for that.  

- I highly recommend wearing disposable GLOVES when coloring fondant, especially if you are making red or blue or any other dark shade. These colors will STAIN your nails and fingers and it takes quite a few washings to get rid of them

- If your work area gets stained, just wiping with a wet cloth does NOT work well. However, these stains can easily be cleaned with some sort of a cleaning spray. I use Clorox sprays. 

- And finally, if you are planning on making a large quantity of the same colored fondant, it’s better to just add color when you are making marshmallow fondant. You will already be kneading and mixing the marshmallows and sugar. So, you might as well add color too…just so you don’t have to do it later.

The steps for coloring fondant are fairly simple.

This is what you need to do:

Step 1: 
Rub your work surface with some shortening.
Bring out your marshmallow fondant.
Knead it a little coz the warmth of your hands will make it more pliable.

Dip a toothpick in your bottle of color and rub it onto your ball of fondant.

Step 2:
Now, use your hands to knead the color thoroughly into the fondant.
It might get sticky. If that happens, rub some shortening on your hands and continue mixing.  

Step 3:
Once the color is fully mixed into the fondant, you may feel it’s not deep enough.
If that’s the case, dip your toothpick in the bottle of color again and mix in more color and knead the fondant until you have the shade you want. 

Step 4:
Use your colored fondant immediately or let it sit for a day or two so that the shade becomes deeper.
Fondant dries really quickly. When you are not using it, make sure to wrap it tightly in saran wrap and keep it at room temperature.  

And you are done!
Use your colored fondant to cut cut out cool shapes and decorate your cakes and cupcakes :) 

Hope you found this tutorial helpful and if you have any suggestions for my next “how to” post, leave a comment or send an email :)

Tata my lovelies!

27 thoughts on “How to color fondant

  1. Abeer

    @ Asmita… oh yes! you can easily knead on your countertop and no special mats are needed. I use my countertop too. Just rub the countertop and your hands with some shortening so it doesn’t stick to anything.

  2. Fondant

    My most sincere congratulations for your work and your product. I’m starting in the world of fondant and I love to see work so well made and with quality.

    Greetings from Spain.


  3. Lorraine

    Wondering if you’ve ever mixed two different kinds together and how that worked or didn’t work. I made marshmallow fondant and bought some of Duff’s buttercream fondant can I mix those two together?

  4. Cakewhiz

    @Lorraine…Yes! You can mix store bought fondant with homemade marshmallow fondant. I have mixed Wilton’s fondant with homemade marshmallow fondant and that worked just fine. The flavor changed a little but otherwise everything else seemed fine to me.

  5. tammy

    Can anyone help me I’m trying to color my fondant a plum color but its not working does anyone have any ideas…thank you in advance

  6. cakewhiz

    @ Tammy… I have made a lighter shade of plum color before and I used red and purple. Some people also use a combination of red, purple and burgundy. I did notice that the color got much much darker after about 1 week.

  7. Serena

    I am an Aussie living in Switzerland and I have never seen gel colouring, not sure what to do now as I need to make a cake this weekend for my sons fourth birthday, is there anyway you know of to thicken liquid colouring to make it work?

  8. cakewhiz

    @Serena… Liquid food coloring won’t work at all. It will make your fondant wet and sticky… not fun to work with at all! Have you considered ordering those gel colors from ebay, amazon or even online cake decorating sites? Many of them do express shipping internationally and you can probably get them in time. I am sorry I don’t know any other way of coloring fondant aside from gel colors…

  9. Abeer

    @zanet…If fondant is covered on a cake, you can keep it out for about 6 hours at room temperature. The fondant will dry up a little but the moisture from the buttercream will still keep it soft enough to be edible. If you have extra fondant that is not covering your cake, you have to wrap it up in plastic or else it will become hard and useless.

  10. Kristi F

    How long will the fondant last after making as long as I keep it wrapped and covered? How much fondant will one recipe make? I’m looking to cover a 2 layer 8×8 cake and have enough left over to make an Under Armor logo… And should I frost the cake with a thin layer of frosting before layering with the fondant? Sorry for all the questions, I’ve never done this before :)

  11. nicole


    I absolutely love your pictures, ideas, and tutorials. Thanks for sharing, not many would! Do you have a blog? I was trying to find one of your tuts (tool box cake) and could not.

    thank you lots!


  12. Tabitha

    Great tutorial! What if you are using a mold? I wanted my fondant to look like legos so I bought the little tray molds. When do I put it into the mold? How long would I leave it in? Do I keep it in mold until I need it? Help!

    1. Abeer Rizvi Post author

      If you are using a mold, you need to push your soft fondant into the cavities and scrape off the excess with a knife.Then, remove the piece immediately and place it on a sheet of wax paper to dry and harden. If you use gum paste or 50/50, your leg pieces will dry faster. Hope this helps.

      1. Tabitha

        It does help… thanks! If I do it a few days in advance would I leave them stored at room temperature or in the freezer..

        1. Abeer Rizvi Post author

          I don’t advise anyone to keep fondant pieces in the fridge or freezer coz there is a high possibility of condensation droplets forming on the pieces, when you take them out. That becomes very messy and there’s no way to fix that damage. Store the pieces at room temperature, away from moisture and humidity. I hope this helps :)

  13. Becky

    Do you have a chart of how much of each color works well to create other colors?? I have seen these charts with regular liquid food coloring, but have not found one for gel colors (preferably wilton).


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