How to Make a Caramel Color With White Frosting

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How to Make a Caramel Color With White Frosting
Icing colours can make a variety of hues, including caramel colour. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When making a cake, a layer of frosting is the final touch. With frosting, the cake can take on a variety of looks, from simple and smooth to ornately decorated. White frosting is especially adaptable and can be dyed to a variety of colours, from dark red to a soft violet. With the correct proportions of icing colours, you can make a warm caramel colour from plain, white frosting.

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Things you need

  • Tiny bowls
  • Yellow icing colour
  • Orange icing colour
  • Red icing colour
  • Toothpicks
  • White icing

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  1. 1

    Put the plain white frosting in a small bowl where it will be easy to mix. Make sure there is enough frosting to cover the entire cake. If not, you will have to colour a new batch of frosting and it is unlikely that the shades will be exactly the same.

  2. 2

    Obtain jars of icing colour: yellow, orange and red or yellow and brown. Use concentrated icing colour, which will not water down your frosting and make it thin.

  3. 3

    Add colours by dipping a toothpick into the colour, then swirling it in the white frosting. Add only a little bit of colour at a time, or the shade may become too dark.

  4. 4

    Mix in a few drops of yellow, a little orange and a touch of red to make a warm, golden caramel colour. Alternatively, mix in yellow with a hint of brown.

  5. 5

    Stir the frosting completely to make sure the icing colour is well mixed.

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