Does anyone have a brand of food coloring to recommend? The last kind I bought for my icing was terrible.
Why Not make your own?
Orange: Simple..... Grate the zest of one whole orange, icing sugar and use the pure juice to bind it. How hard is that?
Of course it's a waste of time using this on a brought cake!
Pearldiver brings up a good point, there are a lot of really easy natural food coloring recipes, which can be fun to make.
I know when you are making soap, however, that you have to take into account how the natural food coloring will affect the smell of the soap, which I am sure also applies to cooking. So, as an example, the recipe above might end up adding a citrus flavor to your cake...
Thanks for the replies. I will try and make my own food coloring for the fun of it, but I don't want to affect the flavor of my icing. And, yes, these are on cakes I am making myself, not bought!
The best food coloring I have used is not the drippy kind you buy in the store or you make yourself. I get all my food colorings from Wilton. They are pastes and don't flavor your icing. When I was learning cake decorating, I bought a starter kit and it lasted me for a long long time. I even bought their black when I was doing a black cat cake one Halloween. You use a lot of color to get a dark red or a black but it's worth it when you are doing cakes for children. You can find Wilton online and their prices are not extravagant at $1.99 each.
I use the Wilton red gel food coloring to make fake blood, and it works gloriously.
Thank you for the replies. I will try the Wilton gels for the icing, although I don't know if I'll have much need for making fake blood.
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