I am going to do my best to get Univ of Texas burnt orange color in a wedding cake. The bride had originally requested an orange Red Velvet, but now her only request is the color.
I normally do a white chocoate butter cake (white cake mix, melted butter, 3-6 oz white baking chocolate, milk, eggs), but I may try WASC. Is there anything in either of these that would impact the color? I'm thinking about using gel colors rather than liquid so that I don't have to use as much.
The wedding isn't until April so I have plenty of time, but I would like to keep my practice cake numbers down as much as possible!
Thanks in advance,
The WASC cake has many variations, one of which is white chocolate.
Rebecca Sutterby's WASC cake:
kakeladi's original (no fat) WASC cake:
I don't follow your question...
Are you trying to dye the cake orange or the frosting? (Both?)
I want the cake orange so that the UT graduate groom doesn't see it until they cut into the wedding cake. Just a little gift to him from the bride.
I have Kakeladi's original recipe that I am going to try right now, but I may try the white chocolate version too. I really like what that little bit of white chocolate does for the taste of the cake.
The only difference between the Rebecca Sutterby and kakeladi WASC recipes is the oil (one uses it, one doesn't).
This info is actually for icing, but should give you a starting point for coloring your cake batter:
diane's color mixing chart:
Thanks, JanH. I used Kakeladi's original recipe and it is getting there - just too light. I'm going to try again using twice as much color (I used the proportions for rust-8 parts orange, 2 parts red-red, 1 part brown), but I'm wondering if I could put in a couple of teaspoons of cocoa like for a Red Velvet cake. I have read that the cocoa can make orange muddy, but I think just a little might help the color darken up some.
I appreciate your help. Hopefully this will turn out. If not, the bride will be fine with white. Now I just have to figure out what to do with all this pastel rust cake!
Think I would try getting the color right in a cupcake....
(Could even bake in a microwave for FAST results, since you're testing for color....)
When you have a cupcake color from the micowave that you like you can try baking one in the oven.
And then just x the amount of colorant/s used x amount of batter used for cupcake for a trial cake.
Less waste of both colorant/s and batter. (And would save a lot of your valuable time!)
Good luck on your mission.