I was probably a bit too excited when I found this food coloring chart for frosting on Anna and Blue Paperie. The images come from FoodNetwork.com - the chart was part of the May 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine.
Says Food Network: "You can mix these colors with a standard box of red (r), yellow (y), blue (b) and green (g) food coloring. Mix 1 cup frosting with the drops indicated. (Don't be alarmed: 100 drops is only about 1 teaspoon.) If using store-bought white frosting, use the numbers in parentheses."
It is true that pure white frosting is the best base for dying with food coloring, but the idea of no vanilla in my buttercream is just gross. Typical vanilla extract will cast a brownish-cream tone to your frosting, but there is a solution: clear vanilla extract from Wilton.
Yes, it is imitation vanilla, but I think I'm willing to use it, rather than have no vanilla at all.
So now you know how to make a huge range of colors with just one box of red/yellow/blue/green food coloring. I'm about to life even better: here is my recipe for the best buttercream frosting ever.
I'm willing to go out on a limb to say that this is the best buttercream frosting. This is my personal recipe, used by my mother while I was growing up, who got it from my grandma. People are always asking my mom for this recipe - she makes the best frosted sugar cookies I've ever had.
Grandma Peggy's Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
- 1 stick butter softened
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Up to 4 tablespoons of milk – start with 2 and go from there
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar- continue to add until the right consistency for frosting
Mix together your softened butter, salt, 2 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla.
Now, start with stirring in 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. In 1/4 cup increments, add more powdered sugar and stir, until it's as thick or thin as you like. If you find that you have added too much sugar and it's too stiff, then add another tablespoon of milk, up to four tablespoons total.
If you want a fluffier frosting, beat with a hand mixer until you've got it the way you want it.
When the consistency is right, separate into bowls for dyeing, using the frosting chart above, or visit Food Network to see the colors up close.