Icing can transform a cake, cupcakes, batch of brownies or cookies from plain to festive with the swipe of a butter knife. Tubs of frosting on the grocery store shelves usually come in only a limited number of colours, such as white and brown, but you can transform plain white icing into almost any colour imaginable with a little help from some food colouring.
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Things you need
- White frosting (one tub per two colours of frosting)
- Small bowls (one for each colour frosting you want to make)
- Food colouring in red, blue, green and yellow
- Butter knives (one for each colour frosting you want to make)
Scoop half of a tub of white icing into each small bowl and give each bowl of frosting its own butter knife so that the colours don't get mixed up.
Add two drops of food colouring to each bowl of frosting to make different colours. See the Tips section for help in achieving colours other than primary colours.
Stir the food colouring into the icing with the butter knife you assigned to each particular bowl. Keep stirring until the food colouring is evenly distributed throughout the frosting.
Add more food colouring, two drops at a time, if you would like the colour to be darker.
Using Food Coloring to Make Different Colors of Icing
Tips and warnings
- Red and blue food colouring will make purple icing.
- Red and yellow food colouring will make orange frosting.
- A few drops of red food colouring in the white frosting will make pink, you have to keep adding food colouring until the colour darkens up to red.
- Mixing green and blue food colouring will give you teal frosting.
- Mix all of the food colouring colours together to make black frosting. This will take a lot of food colouring, but eventually the frosting will turn black.
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