How to Color Frosting

Making colored frosting is very simple to do and makes desserts look fantastic. All you need is frosting and food coloring. Ready to make your frosting look amazing? Start by scrolling down to step 1 now!


  • Frosting (you can use any type, such as buttercream, but make sure it is light in color)
  • Food coloring or gel


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    Prepare the frosting. Use a bowl that can handle and wash off dyes. Before coloring your frosting, try chilling it in the fridge to help the color stay vibrant. Also, make sure the frosting is light in color; if it's dark like chocolate frosting you won't see the color really well.
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    Add the food coloring. Drop about 2-3 drops of food coloring gel into the frosting. Feel free to add more drops to make a deeper shade. This will not be needed for food gel, however, since food gel is more vibrant makes the color much brighter.
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    Mix. Use a spoon and stir the frosting and dye together. The color of the food dye you added should start to appear. If you want to make it darker, use more gel or food coloring. Thoroughly stir the dye so the color mixes in evenly. You may use a blender, especially if you are making homemade frosting.
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    Enjoy! Use your food coloring for cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies, and more. The color of your frosting can match with themes, parties, celebrations, and holidays. Be creative! Store the frosting for later use by wrapping with plastic wrap and leaving in the fridge.


  • If you want to make different colors of frosting using one tub or container per amount. Divide the frosting into even amounts in separate bowls.
  • Using dry food coloring will produce better color than liquid or gel food coloring.
  • Try combining more than one food coloring dyes to get a different, fun color for your frosting.


  • Dyes can stain really easily on skin, clothes, and cooking spaces. It is very hard to remove food coloring once it gets on you. Be careful!

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Spoon or blender

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Categories: Frosting Icing and Fondant