Ut Burnt Orange Wasc?

Decorating By mbt4955 Updated 26 Jan 2009 , 12:48am by JanH

mbt4955 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 5:12pm
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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,

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JanH Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 6:40pm
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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?)

mbt4955 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 7:18pm
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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. icon_smile.gif

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.


JanH Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 7:40pm
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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:



mbt4955 Posted 24 Jan 2009 , 9:00pm
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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! icon_biggrin.gif


JanH Posted 26 Jan 2009 , 12:48am
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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. icon_biggrin.gif

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