DIY Cupcake Frosting Color Chart

diy frosting colors

The May issue of Food Network Magazine has one of the coolest features ever inside: a cupcake icing color chart! The chart shows you how to make lovely pastel frosting shades in every color using a basic food coloring kit (red, yellow, blue, and green).

diy frosting colors

The magazine also includes a recipe for white frosting to use as a base for the colors and a vanilla cupcake recipe. Want to make the colors pop even more? Make the frosting metallic using luster dust, a non-toxic edible powder.

For those who missed out when the issue hit the newsstands, Food Network posted the frosting color recipes on their website.

cupcake frosting guide

Need help adding texture to your colorful new treats? Check out the handy Cupcake Frosting Guide and Video from Anna and Blue Paperie.

Be sure to let me know how your new & improved cupcakes turn out!

  • McKenna Ryan

    I just pinned this a few weeks ago. It is such a great tool to have in your kitchen.

  • handmade charlotte

    I love cheat sheet resources like this :)

  • denise

    i love ur creativity

  • Quincy Ostrem

    Thats exactly what I was concerned about, and part of the reason why I haven’t tried many of these colors yet. What if you put the drops in a bowl to mix, then only added part of the dye mix? I think the colors would be duller, but worth it to keep that nasty dye flavor out of the icing.

  • Chrissy Johnson

    You could use Wilton gel food coloring. It has less water content. they also have a taste-free red.

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  • a.l.

    No. Drops are so small, as it says, 100 drops is only ONE teaspoon. it doesn’t change the flavor at all and giving or taking one teaspoon really doesn’t change it.

  • Dbakeca Italia

    I think the colors would be duller, but worth it to keep that nasty dye flavor out of the icing.

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  • Annie

    hi ..thanks for sharing !!!! may i ask a quick question ? what is the meaning when u stated , let say carrot cake 50r , 45 y then (44 r, 45y) . what is this two set of different number mean?

  • handmadecharlotte

    Hi Annie, the “r” means red food coloring, “y” means yellow food coloring. To match each color on the chart, for example 50r, 45y means 50 red food coloring drops plus 45 yellow food coloring drops. Hope that helps!