I am doing a reveal cake for this weekend and they have specifically asked that I color the cake and not just the filling, which is what I usually do.
I am using a standard yellow scratch cake recipe. Do you know how much color change I should expect when the cakes are baked? Will the color deepen or appear lighter, or about the same?
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It depends on what color you are doing and how much color you put in. I made the rainbow cake once with a doctored white mix and I used a fair amount of color because I really wanted them to pop and it turned out great! With a yellow cake I'm sure you'd get similar results, but they might be a bit muted so I personally would add a little bit more color. Sorry I don't have the exact measurements I added, I just kept going till the colors looked right. Good luck!
In my experience, batter with colouring in it bakes up a lighter colour. So, what looks a nice pink colour in your bowl, actually ends up really slightly pink when baked. So, add more than you think you need. You could do a slightly bigger batch than normal, add some colour, bake 1 single cupcake and take a look. Add more colour if necessary and repeat until you like how it turns out, then bake your actual cake.