How to Make Pink Icing for a Cake

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How to Make Pink Icing for a Cake
Make your own pink frosting for a cake. (pink ice cream surface image by from

Chocolate and vanilla are all-time favourites for cake icing, but sometimes you want something a little bit different. When you are icing a cake for someone who loves the colour pink, make your own cake frosting. You can do this a few different ways. Make a batch of buttercream frosting and dye it pink, or make a flavoured icing using pink or red fruits. Alternatively, make a lighter, fluffier pink frosting using marshmallow creme.

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Things you need

  • Mixer
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1.81 Kilogram icing sugar
  • 9 tbsp milk
  • 3 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Pink or red food colouring
  • Raspberries, strawberries or cherries
  • 482gr. jar marshmallow creme
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Double boiler
  • Electric mixer

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  1. 1

    Cream three sticks of room temperature unsalted butter with a mixer. Beat the butter for a few minutes until it is light and creamy.

  2. 2

    Sift your icing sugar. Add a cup or so to the butter at a time, incorporating one batch before adding another.

  3. 3

    Add the milk and vanilla extract to the mixture and beat on low speed for a minute or two until the frosting has thickened.

  4. 4

    Use either pink or red food colouring to the frosting. You will need fewer drops of red food colouring than pink to reach your desired colour. Add a few drops at a time and stir the food colouring into the frosting until you reach the shade of pink you want.

  1. 1

    Cream a stick of unsalted butter with your mixer until it is light and fluffy.

  2. 2

    Add a pound of confectioners sugar slowly and mix it with the butter until the frosting has thickened.

  3. 3

    Thaw half of a 284gr. package of frozen raspberries, strawberries or cherries. With your electric mixer, beat the pink or red fruit into the icing until it is fully incorporated.

  1. 1

    Combine a jar of marshmallow creme, egg whites, sugar, water and cream of tartar in a double boiler with boiling water beneath it.

  2. 2

    Mix everything together, then beat it with your electric mixer until soft peaks have formed.

  3. 3

    Stir 1/2 tsp of vanilla into the mixture, along with a couple drops of red food colouring. Continue adding food colouring until you reach the shade of pink you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the food colouring method when you want to achieve a specific shade of pink. It is difficult to get a certain shade with the fruit because you cannot keep adding fruit, as that will make your frosting runny.

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