Warning: If you are one of those individuals with food coloring issues, stop reading and please, please, I’m begging you… don’t let me know how you feel in the comments. I’ve read other bloggers’ posts when they have made colorful creations with food coloring and know that there is a group of food coloring haters who feel it is their mission in life is to educate us regarding the evils of food dye. Colors make me happy, and if indulging in a little food dye means risking my life, then so be it. What can I say, I like to live life on the edge.
I made these red, white, and blue cupcakes in two different ways. I like the layered look above the best. I love how the color seeps through the white cupcake liner, enticing you to peel off the cupcake wrapper. I also made a few by adding spoonfuls in three different sections of the cupcake liner. These are a novelty and fun for kids to join in the baking process. See, food coloring is your friend!
1. Bake up your favorite white cupcake recipe. Divide batter into three bowls. Use blue and red gel food coloring in two of the bowls (see notes about gel-paste below.)
2. For the layered cupcake, spread a tablespoon of one color of batter into the bottom of a cupcake liner. Add a second tablespoon in another color on top. Be careful when you spread it around so that the two colors don’t mix. Do the same with the final color. The other option is to place spoonfuls of batter into three different sections. Again, doing your best not to mix the colors.
Food for Thought for My Food Color Loving Friends
There are several types of food coloring on the market. My preference is always the gel-paste food coloring. The color is concentrated, so it does not require a lot to achieve the hue you’re going for. It also will not water down the icing or batter. Beware of the liquid food coloring from the grocery store. It is readily available, but because of its liquid form, it will alter the consistency of your batter. Powdered food coloring is also vailable from specialty stores. This is the most concentrated in form of food dye.
Tips on gel paste colors:
- A little goes a long way. Start with a small amount, you can always add more.
- Know in advance that the color you mix will darken over time. When making black icing, you need only mix it until it turns dark gray. Then give it an hour or so and it will be black. If not, add a bit more.
- There are several gel-paste brands on the market. I am a born-again Americolor girl. I originally started with Wilton colors, and do still use them for particular colors.
- The Americolor dye comes in a squeeze bottle which completely eliminates the mess. Wilton and some of the other brands require you to add the color using toothpicks. I’ve learned with this type of gel-paste to have paper towels very accessible and more toothpicks out than I think I might need.
- The other plus of Americolor is that they offer “Super” colors. I use the super black, brown, navy and red all of the time. These achieve the true color with a very small amount.
- Maybe it’s because I’m an 80’s girl, but I do have a thing for the neon line of Americolors. They bring me back to my flourescent sweatshirt and socks days.
- Here are a few online stores that offer Americolors, Shop Baker’s Nook, Global Sugar Art, Sugar Craft