How to make orange food colouring

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Baking is as much about presentation as it is taste. When you bake that special birthday cake, you aren't just asking yourself if you should bake a chocolate cake, a white cake or some other flavour. How the cake will be decorated is also a consideration.

If you need orange food colouring for the icing, the shade may not be available, so you need to turn to the colour wheel and see what colour combinations will make orange.

Squeeze 1 ml (1 drop) of red food colouring into a bowl.

Add 2 ml (2 drops) of yellow food colouring to the bowl. Stir with a toothpick to mix.

Add more yellow if you want a lighter orange, or more red for a darker orange. If you are colouring icing, then add a little of the mixture to some icing to test the shade (before adding more red or more yellow) as the colour in the bowl may not reflect the true shade.