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Natural Food Colouring Alternatives For Birthday Cakes

7 April 2008

My oldest boy is turning 5 this weekend. At his request, he wants a Spiderman themed party, with all his friends, balloons, streamers, games and a Spiderman cake.

I said yes to everything, except the cake.

I’m quite ANTI-FOOD-COLOURING when it comes to children’s birthday cakes.

I’m happy to let my kids eat a small slice of other people’s coloured cakes. But there’s no way I’m going to tip 3 bottles of RED E129 to make a bright red Spiderman cake for my son!

How am I going to make a SPIDERMAN CAKE WITH NO FOOD COLOURING???

A friend of mine passed me a list of Natural Food Colouring Alternatives and how to make them. They sound great!!

Apparently the colours don’t turn out as vibrant as the chemical stuff. Which means I’m still stuck, because I don’t think my son wants a PINK Spiderman mask.

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Yellow – mix powdered turmeric with a little hot water to form a paste. Suitable to colour frosting and icing.

Pink – The liquid of canned beetroot will give a pale pink to frosting and icing.

Red – cook fresh or frozen raspberries over a gentle heat, stirring often, until very thick. Sieve mixture to remove pulp. Allow to cool. The colour will be reddish pink. Suitable to colour frosting.

Not suitable for kneading into ready-made soft icing. You may use a pastry brush to paint raspberry colouring onto finished icing.

Violet – cook fresh or frozen blueberries over a gentle heat, stirring often, until very thick. Sieve mixture to remove pulp. Allow to cool. Suitable to colour frosting.

Not suitable for kneading into ready-made soft icing. You may use a pastry brush to paint blueberry colouring onto finished icing.

Green – Usea combination of freshly juiced spinach (remove stalks before juicing) and tumeric paste (see above). Suitable to colour frosting and icing.

Brown – Use a Parisian essence which is made from natural caramel, or use sifted cocoa or carob powder. Carob powder and cocoa are suitable to colour frosting, but not for colouring ready-made soft icing.

Notes
These colours will be much less intense than commercial food colourings.

Do not add large amounts of these liquids to the frosting or it will curdle. Excessive liquid added to soft icing will make it sticky.

(Apologies. This information was photocopied from a book, and I don’t know what the book is called.)