How to Make Yellow Icing

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How to Make Yellow Icing
Decorate yellow cake icing with complementary coloured toppings. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

When it comes to decorating cakes and cupcakes, icing is usually the decoration of choice. Depending on the occasion, a few drops of food colouring mixed into a simple butter cream frosting allows the baker to make the cake relevant to a particular theme or holiday. Yellow icing is perfect for sunshine cakes for small children, or for a spring or yellow flower-themed cake. For a lemon-flavoured frosting, yellow food colouring will create a look to match its taste.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food colouring or
  • 1/8 tsp yellow food colouring gel paste

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  1. 1

    Combine 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar and 1 egg white in a bowl.

  2. 2

    Beat the ingredients together using an electric mixer until it becomes fluffy.

  3. 3

    Add in 1 tsp of vanilla or lemon extract, depending on the flavour you want the icing to be.

  4. 4

    Slowly mix in the milk, using more or less to get to the consistency that you want.

  5. 5

    Add 1 to 2 drops of yellow food colouring into the batter, or 1/8 tsp yellow gel paste food colouring. Add more food colouring little by little to reach the shade of yellow you are satisfied with.

Tips and warnings

  • Gel paste food colouring will give you a deeper yellow than the same amount of regular yellow food colouring drops.

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