Natural Cake Batter Coloring???

Baking By TheMagicOfLove Updated 9 Feb 2013 , 10:43pm by BakingIrene

TheMagicOfLove Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 10:45pm
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AOk, Valentine's are coming and i desperatly need some red or pink food coloring... But I cant find it anywhere because of the country I live in, so I need help! How can I naturally die my cake batter pink and red? Pleaseeee help!

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-K8memphis Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:03pm
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try some beet juice

TheMagicOfLove Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:04pm
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AWon't the cake then taste like beets? What about strawberries? Raspberries?

-K8memphis Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:05pm
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try it first


make sure it doesn't go into a blood looking color

AlphaSierra Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:06pm
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I would say jello, but I don't know if that'd change your desired texture/taste..

-K8memphis Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:08pm
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koolaid koolaid koolaid


do you have that??


dry drink mix for kids???


in little envelopes


add sugar & water


very very colorful stuff!

-K8memphis Posted 8 Feb 2013 , 11:09pm
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Originally Posted by TheMagicOfLove 

Won't the cake then taste like beets? What about strawberries? Raspberries?



not really no


besides we make sugar from beets too


after a lot of refining but...


beets are sweet--would blend into the cake flavor--if it's just for color

TheMagicOfLove Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 9:08am
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AYeah, the primary thing are the looks, but taste does matter always... Yeah koolaid, don't have it :/ Are U sure that for example, raspberry juice won't blend and color th batter?

Dayti Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 9:15am
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Raspberry or strawberry will colour the batter, but you will have to reduce and concentrate it in a saucepan to get some of the water out, otherwise your batter will become too liquid and may not bake the way it usually does.

TheMagicOfLove Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 2:58pm
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ASo you're saying, just kind'a bake the strawberries or raspberries, letting the water ivapurate, ale make it into a more jamy substance and then add it to the batter, and it will color normaly?

Dayti Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 7:01pm
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I meant raspberry or strawberry juice, sorry. But if you are using whole fresh fruit, or frozen come to think of it, puree the whole lot, then put them in a pot on the stove and bring to the boil carefully. Let them simmer a while, until a lot of the water has evaporated from the fruit. You can sieve the puree before putting in the pan if you don't want the seeds in the batter. Bear in mind that this will likely make your batter taste of fruit. The fruit puree won't become jam unless you add sugar into the fruit.


I use frozen strawberry/raspberry fruit purees for flavour, but still have to add red or pink colouring if I need the batter to be a nice colour. Otherwise it can bake up a bit brown. You will need to test with reduced puree before making your final cake. I have no idea how much fruit you would need to get a really pink cake without using colouring, and it depends on what you want your cake to taste like. Where do you live, and why can't you get food colouring there?

TheMagicOfLove Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 7:07pm
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APoland :) and food coloring is not easy to find here... Ofcourse I can order it three the internet, but it'll take at least a week to deliver, and I need it by wednesday... Besides, food coloring is pure chemicals and to much of that ain't that good :/ so I just wanted to know how to dye it naturally

BakingIrene Posted 9 Feb 2013 , 10:43pm
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Here is a recipe for red cake.  These are the regular kind of beets that you pickle.


For a pink cake, you must use the same total volume of puree.  Use part beet and part cooked apple.

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