This is just a simple post-- but with so many food colors on the market,
a lot of people never know for sure how to obtain certain hues.
For instance, the other day, a student of mine asked me how to achieve
the blue of the Tiffany boxes.
I just use teal and works great for me.
Here is a color chart to help with some colors.
ANTIQUE GOLD: Add just an extremely small touch of Leaf Green to golden yellow
APRICOT: 2 parts Orange, 1 part Golden Yellow
AQUA: Sky Blue and Leaf Green
AVOCADO: Use Moss Green color or 4 parts Lemon Yellow, 1 part Leaf Green, Touch of Black
BLACK: Our paste color or Royal Blue, Christmas Red, Orange and Lemon Or
mix left over color icing together, then add Black
BRICK RED: Red and Brown
BURGUNDY: 5 parts Rose Pink, 1 part Violet
CHARTREUSE: 9 parts Lemon Yellow, 1 part Leaf Green
COPPER: 1 part Golden Yellow, 1 part Brown, 1 part Christmas Red
CORAL: Watermelon makes a very attractive coral color. Or bright Creamy Peach
Or 3 parts Rose Pink, 2 parts Lemon Yellow
DUSTY ROSE: 5 parts Rose Pink, 1 part Violet
EGGPLANT: Mix Navy Blue into the amount of icing you are going to use for your project.
Then mix Super Red into a smaller amount of icing. Add the Super Red icing
to the Navy Blue icing until you get the eggplant color you want.
You can also try it with Royal Blue instead of Navy Blue, depending on the
shade of eggplant that you want.
FLESH: Add just an extremely small touch of Copper to white icing.
Ivory can also be used. Light pink with a small amount of brown
GOLD: 10 parts Lemon Yellow, 3 parts Orange, 1 part Red
GRAPE: 1 part Sky Blue, 6 parts Rose Pink
GRAY: Add just a touch of Black to white icing
HUNTER GREEN: Kelly Green and a touch of black
IVORY: Use Ivory paste
JADE: Leaf green, royal blue and a touch of black
LAVENDER: Pink and violet Or 5 parts Pink, 1 part Violet
MARIGOLD: Lemon Yellow and orange
MAROON: Burgundy and Red Red Or 4 parts Red Red, 2 parts Burgundy
MAUVE: Touch of Burgundy with very little black Or 5 parts Rose Pink, 2 parts Orange, 2 parts Red, 2 Parts Black
MELON: 1 part orange and 3 parts bakers rose
MISTY GREEN: Leaf Green, Royal Blue and a touch of black
MOSS GREEN: violet and lemon yellow Or 2 parts Violet, 3 parts Lemon Yellow
MULBERRY: Rose with a touch of Royal Blue
NAVY BLUE: Royal blue and black Or 1 Part Sky Blue, 1 part Violet
PERIWINKLE: Blue and purple
PERSIMMON: 1 part orange and 1Part bakers rose
PLUM: 1 part Violet, a touch of Christmas Red
RASPBERRY: Pink and Red Red Or 3 parts Rose Pink, 1 part Christmas Red
RUBY RED: 1 part Red Red, a touch of Black
RUST: Orange, Red Red and Brown Or 8 parts Orange, 2 parts Red Red, 1 part Brown
SEA GOLD ( SEA GREEN): 2 parts Sky Blue and 1 part Leaf Green
SILVER: We do not advise attempting to simulate silver color in icing. Instead,
add silver leaves or other silver accessories to the cake.
Or 1 part Black, 1 part Blue
SKIN TONE: 12 part Orange and 4 part Bakers Rose and 1 part Royal Blue
TEAL: Use teal paste color or lemon yellow and sky blue Or 9 parts Sky Blue, small amount of Lemon Yellow
TURQUOISE: Sky Blue and Lemon Yellow Or 6 parts Sky Blue, 1 part Lemon Yellow
WARM GOLD: Use Golden Yellow with just a touch of brown
WINE: 3 parts Christmas Red and 2 parts Rose Pink
Keep in mind that some colors are already available in the market. For example, Wilton has
a beautiful Moss green. Sometimes the base on some colors is different. Once I bought a black
from Wilton that gave me a base of green instead of grey.
Just play with your colors and have fun with them. Sometimes there is more than one way to
achieve the same color. You can try it on a small batch of buttercream to make sure
is the right shade you are looking for.
And never forget...Buttercream turns darker as it dries. A perfect shade of deep red
on a non-crusted buttercream, can turn almost a burgundy once it's dry. If you are not
sure, spread some on a plate and let it dry before you put it on the cake.
As for fondant, the tendency is to dry in a lighter color.
Hope this helps!
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