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.