Natural Food Colors for Icings

Here are my improvisations for natural food colours as I don't like to use chemical colours. They work great in icings.

I recently made a green cake for my son's second birthday!

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I have a juicer and I just use juices in my icings to colour them.

Beetroot juice for pink/red
Spinach juice for green
and Carrot juice for yellow.

They are brilliant!

Camilla Berry (Sussex, England)

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I think this is a great idea - but wouldn't there be a taste involved with using these, spinach for example? Or is the amount used to color minimal and no extra flavoring is detected?!

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By Eloise Gulick (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

What can I use for BROWN -like adding cocoa in whole wheat bread or what should i use?

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I wonder about the veggie taste too; but boy, this is a great idea! So many people (including me) are allergic to the artificial colorings. So clever of you!

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By Jan, NC (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

How do you add them to the other ingedients? I don't have a juicer.

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May 1, 20050 found this helpful

You can't taste the spinach in the icing, or the beetroot or carrot. None of my family realised it wasn't ordinary food colouring from a bottle - they were really suprised when I told them it was vegetable color!

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If you don't have a juicer you could just finely chop the vegetable and liquidise it with a little water, then strain it through muslin or even kitchen paper. It should work just fine.

I have attached a picture of my son's Birthday cake that I made using the spinach green icing on the top and beetroot pink icing inside, so you can see how the green icing looks!

Good luck,
Camilla Berry, uk

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By Angela Stephens (Guest Post)
May 27, 20050 found this helpful

Excellent Options. Do yo know how to create a blue color that's all natural?

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

Does anywone know how you would get a red color? - I think beets but they have very strong flavor.

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