How to Make Salmon Colored Icing for Cake Decorating

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How to Make Salmon Colored Icing for Cake Decorating
Make a batch of salmon-coloured icing to decorate cupcakes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Whether its for a wedding cake, birthday cookies or tea biscuits, coloured icing can dress up any dessert for a variety of occasions. Turning white icing into the perfect shade of peachy salmon takes a cursory knowledge of the colour wheel as well as some practice with mixing. Using the right type of food colouring will also enhance the quality and consistency in the mixed colour of your icing. Mix various shades of colours into your next batch of icing to create the right shade of salmon for your confection.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring cups
  • 1/4 cup white, buttercream icing
  • Toothpicks
  • Red food colouring gel
  • Yellow food colouring gel
  • Icing knife or spatula

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  1. 1

    Scoop 1/4 cup of white buttercream or royal icing into a mixing bowl.

  2. 2

    Dip a toothpick into a container of red food colouring. Coat half of the toothpick in the gel.

  3. 3

    Swirl the toothpick into the icing. Mix the colouring and the icing together with a spatula or small icing knife.

  4. 4

    Dip the toothpick into a container of yellow food colouring gel. Swirl it into the icing.

  5. 5

    Mix the icing again thoroughly to combine.

  6. 6

    Wait 1 to 2 hours to allow the colouring to deepen in the icing mixture.

  7. 7

    Add small amounts of red or yellow to adjust the colour of your icing. Use a fresh toothpick every time you dip into the gel. Keep track of how many times you add food colouring to make replicating the colour easy.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice making a small amount of coloured icing before you mix a large batch.
  • Use concentrated gel food colouring for the best results. Avoid liquid or powdered colouring for this hue of icing.
  • Wear plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands.

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