Buttercream Frosting Recipe 11 – How to Color

Smooth Buttercream Frosting

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How to Mix Colored Buttercream

How to Color Buttercream

To make a small amount of colored buttercream, begin with no more than one cup of frosting in a medium sized bowl. Slowly add liquid food coloring drop by drop, stirring thoroughly in between each addition, until the desired color is achieved. This should be done in a bowl that is oversized compared to the amount of frosting being used so that there is plenty of space to mix color without splashing.

If very little coloring is desired, dip the tip of a toothpick into a drop of food coloring then drag the toothpick through the buttercream to add a small amount. Stir thoroughly with a spatula.

To color a larger batch of buttercream, begin with a small amount of buttercream in a separate bowl. Make a more concentrated hue of the desired color then slowly incorporate it into the larger batch until the proper tone is achieved.

Note: Since color has a tendency to separate over time, colored buttercream that has been stored for more than one hour should be stirred vigorously with a spatula before being used for frosting or decorating again.

Kristen Coniaris, author of Wicked Goodies

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