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.

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Raspberry Sorbet 150r (111r)

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Cosmopolitan 45r, 5y (45r, 5y)

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Cherry Blossom 11r, 3y (11r, 3y)

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Bubble Gum 24r (26r)

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Pink Lemonade 12r (14r)

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Cotton Candy 6r (4r)

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Rose Water 2r (1r)

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Strawberry Shake 3r, 1y (3r, 1y)

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Pink Grapefruit 4r, 3y (4r, 3y)

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Circus Peanut 6r, 8y (6r, 8y)

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Creamsicle 9r, 10y (11r, 9y)

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Papaya 78r, 90y (45r, 80y)

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Carrot Cake 50r, 45y (44r, 45y)

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Orange Soda 33r, 90y (64r, 165y)

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Apricot Jam 12r, 45y (15r, 45y)

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Pineapple 2r, 22y (2r, 22y)

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Pancake Batter 1r, 10y (1r, 10y)

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Mango 50y (120y)

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Banana Pudding 14y (20y)

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Lemon Bar 20y (49y)

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Pina Colada 2y (3y)

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Honeydew 2g, 5y (2g, 5y)

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Sour Apple 5b, 45y (5b, 45y)

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Granny Smith 10g, 25y (10g, 20y)

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Key Lime 30g, 25y (30g, 25y)

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Pistachio 22b, 24y (22b, 24y)

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Dinner Mint 4b, 4y (4b, 4y)

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Green Tea 10g, 5y (10g, 5y)

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Margarita 1b, 1y (1b, 2y)

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Lime Sherbet 10g (10g)

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Grasshopper Pie 5b, 5g (5b, 6g)

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Mint Chip 3b, 1g (3b, 3g)

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Creme de Menthe 15b, 28g (15b, 28g)


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Green Gummy 78g (78g)

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Mojito 54b, 27y (54b, 27y)

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Watermelon 46b, 78g (46b, 78g)

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Blue Raspberry 120b, 30g (108b, 30g)

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Wild Blueberry 61b (58b)

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Jordan Almond 8b, 1r (12b)

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Ice 5b, 1r (4b)

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Blueberry Yogurt 5b, 3r (5b, 3r)

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Dried Lavender 5b, 5r (20b, 24r)

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Purple Cow 39b, 60r (39b, 60r)

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Concord Grape 22b, 35r (20b, 24r)

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Blackberry Pie 42b, 153r (42b, 153r)

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Pinot Noir 80b, 180r (80b, 180r)

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