Can I Color This Frosting?

Decorating By BCBakey Updated 27 Jun 2014 , 5:26pm by BCBakey

BCBakey Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 1:32pm
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Hi guys,


I am planning to make a lemon curd blueberry layer cake for my daughters birthday party this weekend. My question is, can I use coloring gel to make this frosting recipe purple or will the ingredients cause it to ruin it?


  • By Sweetapolita
  • 1 cup (2 sticks)(227 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) lemon zest
  • 5 cups (625 g) icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) whipping cream (35% cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25) pure lemon extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • yellow food gel, optional (this is what makes me think that coloring it might be okay)



Thank you!

5 replies
-K8memphis Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 1:57pm
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the lemon zest and salt might make it look speckled but sure you can color it -- 

BCBakey Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 2:10pm
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I just want to make sure it won't look all curdled and stuff.

-K8memphis Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 3:31pm
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i have made purple icing a zillion times but not with zest--zest will not curdle food colored icings that i've ever known-- i think it probably will look speckled--not completely smooth due to the zest-- if icing is made wrong it will look curdled-- usually it's meringue icings that curdle not this type of recipe--there are no guarantees of course -- but highly unlikely --


to allay your fears just take a couple tablespoons of icing and color that--wait a few hours for it to season up and see how you like it --


best to you in purple and all the other colors too

MyThreeCakes Posted 25 Jun 2014 , 8:13pm
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I've made this frosting too many times to count and yes you can color it without problems.

BCBakey Posted 27 Jun 2014 , 5:26pm
post #6 of 6

Thank you all! Excited to make this cake...

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