How to Make the Color of Beer With Icing

Written by melissa lowery
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Cake decorating involves a combination of colour and technique to make cake a piece of art. Properly colouring the icing is an important part in the decorating process. Colours add to the overall appearance and help the details to stand out. When creating a beer-inspired icing colour, specific colours and amounts must be added to achieve light or dark beer shades.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • Buttercream icing
  • 3 toothpicks
  • Wilton's Lemon Yellow Icing Color #108
  • Wilton's Buttercup Yellow Icing Color #216
  • Wilton's Brown Icing Color #507
  • Napkins

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  1. 1

    Prepare your buttercream icing per the recipe instructions or purchase a premade icing. Measure out the amount of icing to be dyed and add it to the bowl.

  2. 2

    Dip a toothpick into Wilton's icing colour #175 until the tip of the toothpick reaches the bottom of the icing container. Place the toothpick into the icing and stir in the colour. Use a napkin to wipe the toothpick clean. Repeat this step two additional times. Continue on to Step 3 for a light beer colour. Skip to Step 4 for a darker beer colour.

  3. 3

    Dip the toothpick into Wilton's icing colour #216 and add it to the icing, stirring well. Wipe the toothpick clean and repeat. This will produce a light beer colour. For a brighter beer colour, decrease the icing colour #216 to two times and add an additional toothpick coated with colour #175.

  4. 4

    Dip the last toothpick into Wilton's colour #507 and stir into the icing. Continue dipping the toothpick into the colour and adding it to the icing until the desired level of darkness is achieved.

Tips and warnings

  • Use icing-specific dye. Using standard food dye will thin out your icing and when it is not constantly stirred, it will separate.
  • The icing colours will stain your clothing and skin. Wear old clothes, and protect yourself by wearing an apron and gloves.

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