annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 2:13am
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Hi guys,

 

I'm new here at cakecentral and this is my first post! I am planning a rainbow birthday party for my daughter's 7th birthday and i saw this cupcakes on pinterest. I was wondering if you guys have an idea  how they made the frosting look like that. 

 

 

 

Hope you guys can help me.

 

Thanks!

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erikabakes Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 2:30am
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You should make one big batch of buttercream, split it into five bowls, then individually add color to each bowl. You will then need 5 different pastry bags to pipe the five colors, or clean a reusable bag in between each color. 

 

You can even use jell-o to color your frosting, and add fun flavors for the kids. 

 

If you want an ombre look, use the canned color spray they sell at Michael's and grocery stores. It'll give an airbrushed effect. 

kikiandkyle Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 2:37am
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ADo you mean the colors or the piping style?

annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 2:42am
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Originally Posted by erikabakes 
 

You should make one big batch of buttercream, split it into five bowls, then individually add color to each bowl. You will then need 5 different pastry bags to pipe the five colors, or clean a reusable bag in between each color. 

 

You can even use jell-o to color your frosting, and add fun flavors for the kids. 

 

If you want an ombre look, use the canned color spray they sell at Michael's and grocery stores. It'll give an airbrushed effect. 

 

would the color spray be as bright? i want it to be as bright as this and have that ombre effect too.

annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 2:42am
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Do you mean the colors or the piping style?

 

the color

FrostedMoon Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 3:10am
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AUsing something like Americolor food colorizing instead of Wilton will help you get brighter colors. Also, keep in mind some colors will give the buttercream an off taste if you use too much food color. I find this especially true with red and blue. Even using the no taste red, I still find it can change the flavor. Also, color the buttercream the day before you need it to help the color mature. It gets darker with time, so you may not need as much as you initially think. You can always add more if necessary.

erikabakes Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 4:51am
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Americolor sells neon colors, I would look into those. Other than that, that brightness often comes from an airbrush machine, like the cupcakes you see at the grocery store. They are often sprayed with color for more vibrancy. 

annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 8:42am
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Thanks for your suggestions guys! I was thinking that maybe i will try coloring the buttercream but not too bright and use some wilton pearl white mist for the ombre effect what do you guys think?

darkchocolate Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 9:24am
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Frosting tends to dry a shade or so darker, just remember that when you are trying to achieve the color you want.  The Americolor Electric line of colors are very bright and pretty.

annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 9:28am

Actually it is not the brightness that i don't know how to do. i don't know if you guys can see it in the picture there seems to be a highlight or an ombre of white on the frosting that make it seem ribbon like. do you guys know how to do that?

darkchocolate Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 10:32am

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Originally Posted by annebaligod 
 

Actually it is not the brightness that i don't know how to do. i don't know if you guys can see it in the picture there seems to be a highlight or an ombre of white on the frosting that make it seem ribbon like. do you guys know how to do that?

 

Possibly it is the way the light is hitting it or they used a little bit of white in the piping bag, to sort of highlight the color.  There are post in the forums, where you can put one or two colors in a piping bag and get a swirled affect.

 

Or take your food coloring and with a toothpick or something (use it like a pencil/paintbrush) put a line of coloring in your bag, then add the white frosting to a different affect.  I have read about different techniques.

annebaligod Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 10:42am

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Originally Posted by darkchocolate 
 

 

Possibly it is the way the light is hitting it or they used a little bit of white in the piping bag, to sort of highlight the color.  There are post in the forums, where you can put one or two colors in a piping bag and get a swirled affect.

 

Or take your food coloring and with a toothpick or something (use it like a pencil/paintbrush) put a line of coloring in your bag, then add the white frosting to a different affect.  I have read about different techniques.

 

 

 

hmmm i don't think it's the dual color/swirled effect because i have tried that. maybe you are right maybe it was the lighting. but have you tried using wilton pearl mists? what does it really look like?

erikabakes Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 3:46pm

I don't think they have sprayed white mist on a color, but I have never seen that done before. I do think it looks just like what they do at my local grocery store, they pipe white on the cupcakes then spray them with color. Thats why you are seeing the white in the inner edges, and the outer edges are more vibrant. 

FrostedMoon Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 2:29am

I feel a bit like a detective!  I think it's the lighting, not a true variance in the frosting coloring.  If you look at where the shadows fall on the plate you can sort of line up that the frosting is lighter where the light hits it directly, and darker where it's a bit more in the shadow.  I don't have a ton of experience with spray color on buttercream, but it looks too uniform to me to be spray.  

annebaligod Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 3:43am

i think you might just be right. Thanks for all your help guys! I decided just to color the frosting and leave out the spray. Thanks!

kikiandkyle Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 4:49pm

AI'd say the photo has been edited, using something like instagram.

theresaf Posted 19 Sep 2013 , 6:39pm

I think its the lighting too!  One of the other things you can do when you tint/color your buttercream is not to over mix it - that way there are shades of the same color still in the same bowl. That way, when you put it into your piping bag you will get some lighter and darker areas.  The best part of that type of decorating - if it doesn't look good on one cupcake, scrape off, mix it up and do it all over again.

 

The color variations in my avatar pic have multiple color buttercream in the same piping bag.  Good luck.

Theresa

annebaligod Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 11:19am
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Originally Posted by theresaf 
 

I think its the lighting too!  One of the other things you can do when you tint/color your buttercream is not to over mix it - that way there are shades of the same color still in the same bowl. That way, when you put it into your piping bag you will get some lighter and darker areas.  The best part of that type of decorating - if it doesn't look good on one cupcake, scrape off, mix it up and do it all over again.

 

The color variations in my avatar pic have multiple color buttercream in the same piping bag.  Good luck.

Theresa

 

wow nice tip! the cupcakes in your avatar looks so awesome! i might have to try it for my rainbow colored cupcakes. thank you!

theresaf Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 2:07pm

Thank YOU for the compliment! 

Theresa

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