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How To Make Maroon, Burgundy, And Other Deep Red Colored Icing and Frosting

Whether it's maroon, burgundy, crimson, or dark red icing, you can use these color formulas to help you get the right color with the least amount of food coloring! 

There is no doubt about it -- getting the perfect red icing color is a total pain. Not like "Giving birth to triplets in the jungle while simultaneously blowing bubbles to distract a nearby crocodile" pain. But definitely somewhere between "Stepping on Legos in the nighttime" and "Brushing your teeth with hand soap" kind of pain. 
AND...it's compounded by the illusion that we all identify colors by the same name. 
Take for example....maroon and burgundy.