Frost by Numbers: How to Make Frosting Colors

Make frosting in amazing new colors — with just a basic box of food coloring.

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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.

Make vanilla cupcakes.

Then make pure-white frosting. It's ideal for dyeing. Do not add vanilla extract as it will alter the color.