Ivory Colored Buttercream

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Cindys56 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:05pm
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I have a wedding cake to do in April and the bride would like ivory colored icing. How do I make it ivory colored? I'm very new at this so I hope this isn't a dumb question.

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tinabee Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:19pm
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There are no dumb questions! You can either use ivory coloring or when you make your icing if you use regular brown vanilla it will make a pretty ivory shade. Good luck!

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indydebi Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:25pm
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I'm a brown vanilla person, too, with ivory food coloring on stand-by in case it needs to go a shade or two darker.

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mbt4955 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:45pm
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Ivory coloring and/or real vanilla is what I do too.

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loriemoms Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:53pm
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same here with the vanilla...and real butter. That gives it a nice ivory color too. Word of warning: DONT use brown coloring and think it will be just a light brown. It will be a light pink!! Use Ivory.

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Necey Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 4:57pm
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yes, I too have learned that regular vanilla will give you the lovely ivory color you need ..and...there are no dumb questions. icon_smile.gif

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mareg Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 5:58pm
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Wow didn't know that. And I just made an Ivory wedding cake too!

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Cindys56 Posted 31 Jan 2009 , 9:53pm
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Thank you all very much for helping me with this. I appreciate it. icon_biggrin.gif

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niccicola Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 2:15am
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i made an ivory shade by using a very very very very small amount of copper/skin tone. it was more on the pink side, but it turned out decent.

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jammjenks Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 2:40am
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Just wanted to add that you may want to have her supply a swatch or something if she is particular. Her ivory may be my beige and someone else's cream....KWIM

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jammjenks Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 3:01am
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Just wanted to add that you may want to have her supply a swatch or something if she is particular. Her ivory may be my beige and someone else's cream....KWIM

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-K8memphis Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 3:11am
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Just wanted to add that you may want to have her supply a swatch or something if she is particular. Her ivory may be my beige and someone else's cream....KWIM




Maybe.

This is something that for me would never happen. By the time you try & match an off white or an ivory and get that cake into whatever lighting is going on at the venue after matching or attempting to in the lighting where you decorate I mean I don't have very much patience left and there's none to spare for that ordeal (in futility.) icon_biggrin.gif

Might work for you but no way pour moi.

(Where is PinkZ --she would be so proud of my pollyvoo francais--kinda sorta)

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Cindys56 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:09pm
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Thanks for more replies. She just doesn't want the bright white. I am going to make some test batches of icing with all of your ideas and let her choose which one she wants.

I just love this website. Everyone is always so helpful. Especially to us beginners....

I hope everyone has a great day. Happy baking....

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Susie53 Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:20pm
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I use regular/brown vanilla to get the ivory color.

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-K8memphis Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:25pm
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Originally Posted by Cindys56

Thanks for more replies. She just doesn't want the bright white. I am going to make some test batches of icing with all of your ideas and let her choose which one she wants.

I just love this website. Everyone is always so helpful. Especially to us beginners....

I hope everyone has a great day. Happy baking....




OMG--this again is something I would never ever do. You need to be the pro and make the decisions. She wants ivory, do ivory. The most I would go is 'dark' ivory.

This constitutes diddling in my book.

Matching ivory is like finding a needle in a haystack or something too tedious to imagine.

I encourage you to reconsider that idea.

I mean one wouldl not submit different blues for their approval or something.

Getting approval on components of a cake is asking for trouble.

Just an ivory thought for you--apparently a dark ivory thought. icon_biggrin.gif

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grama_j Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:43pm
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Cindy.. if you are going to let her choose, make sure you have a PURE WHITE choice, so she can actually tell the difference..... Ivory is used in place of white in many occasions....... ( As long as it isn't chocolate, it is white ) icon_lol.gif

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indydebi Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:44pm
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I agree with k8. Just make it.

When I have a bride who wants ivory, in a humorous style, I tell her, "sure! Ivory, off-white, cream, champagne ... it's all the same to me." which gives them the idea that this field of color is NOT an exact science.

She doesn't want white. As long as it's "not white", you'll be fine. Dont' overthink this one.

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Mencked Posted 1 Feb 2009 , 1:45pm
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I'm with Kate on this one! Don't show her--I did this too on my very first cake--to get the perfect shade of pink for the bride--big mistake--I had many different shades of pink just a shade apart and when you get right down to it, they just wanted pink, not my angst about the perfect shade of pink. Just a wee bit of experience talking here icon_smile.gif! Since then I've done lots of ivory cakes and my favorite is to use real vanilla to color the icing. If you do use ivory it takes like 1 drop per batch of icing--it'll go way ivory (golden) way fast!!!!

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Cindys56 Posted 2 Feb 2009 , 7:47pm
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Never thought of it that way.
That could become a nightmare.
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