Thursday, April 12, 2012

Frost by Numbers: How to Make Frosting Colors

I received the May issue of Food Network Magazine in the mail yesterday.  I wanted to share with you a fabulous cupcake icing color chart from the magazine. Now with this handy dandy chart, you too can make frosting in amazing new colors — with just a basic box of food coloring.



Helpful Tip:  Pure white frosting is ideal for dyeing.  Don't add vanilla extract as it will alter the color of the icing.

Remember this cupcake frosting guide created by Glorious Treats that I posted about HERE?

(Left to Right)  Large round tip, Open star (Wilton 1M), Closed star (Wilton 2D), French tip

Now you have everything you need to create the perfect cupcake in your favorite colors!

39 comments:

  1. I love how making frosting colors is like mixing paints. I can't wait to go get my own copy of the magazine to check out this chart today or to mix mint green frosting. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Lovely blog with so many interesting and inspiring posts! Love your work:) Would you like to follow each other?

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  3. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try it out!

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  4. FYI, if you're making your own frosting and would like to flavor it, use CLEAR vanilla flavoring (available at most grocery stores, as well as thru Wilton.com). Flavor is just like vanilla extract, but without any dye-altering colors ;-)

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  5. This is awesome!! Thank you. I just need to find the color chart for Marshmallow Fondant now.

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  7. I was so unbelievably excited when I found this in the May issue of Food Network Magazine!! I will be using this chart A LOT!!

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  8. Glad you liked the story. Thanks for reading!

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  9. THANK YOU for these - i am addicted to dying frosting lately...;)

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  10. I used the creamsicle color for some "coral" colored cupcakes and they turned out great!!! THANK YOU again!!

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  11. What do the numbers in parentheses mean?

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  12. The numbers are the amount of food coloring drops needed. If you look at the first picture, the instruction are on the top left corner. Hope that helps!

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    1. The numbers are listed twice and on the second line, which are in parentheses, sometimes they are slightly different from the line above. Otherwise, both lines are exactly the same... don't understand... why is the second line in parentheses? please email me reesesills@gmail.com thanks!!!

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    2. The numbers in parentheses are for store bought frosting, the top numbers are for homemade frosting.

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  13. Wow, this is awesome! We don't get the magazine, does it say how much frosting they used to get those colors? A pound versus half a cup makes all the difference in color too.

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  14. I must be using some strong food colorings - If I put two drops of yellow food coloring in a cup of frosting - mine would almost glow in the dark

    Also - I wonder how you could translate to gel frostings. Maybe I will 1. buy the magazine and 2. get some cheap food coloring

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  15. Great post! Thank you!
    I would suggest doing a test batch first... The was a typo in the directions...."Dried Lavender" and "Concord Grapes" list the same quantities in parentheses. I had expected the first and got the latter, which was darker than I wanted but true to the image of Concord Grape and lovely.

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  16. Whoa. 100 drops of food coloring definitely does not fit in MY teaspoon.... I wonder what kind of dropper/food coloring they are using!

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  17. Would love to gift the Cottage Kitchen Rose Set. My personal favorite!

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  18. Hi, saw this on Pinterest! I know it will come in handy down the track, so thanks in advance!

    <3 Alisha, http://handsandheartsfull.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing this frosting tip on my FB page. I may actually try to make the rainbow cake myself. : )

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  21. I needed to make coral colour icing for a cake, and this has been by far the best example to make the perfect shade...I will be making this tonight! thanks!

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  22. Thank you for posting this - I've used it a ton!

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  23. yeah don't use 100 drops from the box dye... turns into a runny mess.

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  24. Also, to add flavors and color, try adding Kool-aid.

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  25. Love this post! and all your cupcake topper collections. I'm all about the finishing touches too :)

    if you get a chance to peek over, as a new blogger I'd love any and all feedback www.dessertfirst-always.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow! Your topper collections gave me idea on how to make. Love it! funbrain

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  27. I have a question. I am wanting to tint my mason jars that I am DIY for a solar light project to hang off my fence posts! I am using the following 'insight/directions': http://www.momtastic.com/diy/168908-diy-tinted-mason-jars-in-rainbow

    My question is this..I've chosen a color....instead of mixing with frosting, can I mix with water to ultimately mix with the modge podge. And if I can, what would you suggest as the ratio's?

    Thanks, Tamara

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  28. Will this work in cake mix? I want to make a "gender reveal" cake and color the cake Blue or Pink.

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  29. Great blog! Also, if you want to add flavour and colour, you can use the Jello powder in whatever colour or flavour you desire. My fav is strawberry :)

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  30. So nice. I feel fabulous cupcake icing color chart is just boring but you did great job on it. starfall

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  31. i'm craving for cakes while reading on this. so wonderful.

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  32. Hi can this color mixing chart be use for coloring candy melts? Also there are some color eg the first color that have the same letter but different number do I choose between both number or add both number together to get the amount of drops

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  33. Hi. How can I get gray color, for an elephant cake. Can I use whipping cream instead the regular frosting?

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