How to make lime green cake coloring

Written by michelle powell-smith
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Kids often have strong opinions about their birthday cakes or special-occasion cakes. Even if you aren't the best cake decorator, you can surprise your child or the child at heart in your life with a bright lime green cake. You can't easily buy lime green cake colouring, but you can mix your own. Getting a bold and clear colour in a cake can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Add coordinating frosting for a fun lime green cake treat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Green food colouring
  • Yellow food colouring
  • Small plastic cup
  • White cake mix or ingredients to make a white cake
  • White frosting, homemade or purchased

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    How to Make Lime Green Cake Coloring

  1. 1

    Mix up batter for a white cake using a mix or your favourite recipe (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Combine six parts yellow food colouring with one part green food colouring in a separate cup. Measure out your food colouring drop by drop if you are using standard liquid food colourings from the grocery store.

  3. 3

    Use paste food colouring from the cake-decorating section as an alternative to liquid food colourings. Add the pastes to the cup in the same six-to-one ratio; however, a much smaller amount of concentrated paste is required to achieve the same colour.

  4. 4

    Make more of the lime green food colouring mixture than you expect to need. Save the remaining colouring to tint the frosting to match your cake.

  5. 5

    Stir the lime green food colouring mixture into your cake batter a small amount at a time. Keep in mind that a lot of colouring is needed in order to achieve a true colour after baking.

  6. 6

    Stir the remaining lime green food colouring into white cake icing. Ice and decorate your lime green cake as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Lime green food colouring can occasionally be found in cake-decorating supply stores if you prefer not to make your own.
  • Try using neon green and yellow food colouring to make a more vivid lime colour.

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