Okay we’ve all had to run to our computers to look for a “how to” for mixing that perfect color. Well maybe most of us have…
I think as cake decorators the color mixing part can be a challenge to perfect.. or master. Knowing the basics of mixing colors to achieve that perfect shade is key. We also have to keep in mind “when will we be using the frosting”? will it be sitting over night, or for a day or two in the cooler. Are we using Butter Cream, Royal Icing, Fondant, etc.. these are all questions we need to ask before we start mixing.
As most of us know color darkens as it’s sits.. for instance Red.. to get a great deep red letting it say for at least a day really helps to darken the color, especially if your mixing it into butter cream.. and making Black Fondant, some say that keeping it in a dark place when not in use is best to keep it from fading.. ( great tip that I happen to also agree with).
So lets check out some of the basic color charts by some of the leaders in the industry..
***NOTE *** This would be a great blog to book mark or print for future reference. Each has a link associate with their names just click on them to visit their page.

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ANTIQUE GOLD Add just an extremely small touch of Leaf Green to Golden Yellow

AQUA Sky Blue and Leaf Green

AVOCADO Use Moss Green color

BLACK Our paste color or Royal Blue, Christmas Red, Orange and Lemon

CHARTREUSE 9 parts Lemon Yellow, 1 part Leaf Green

CORAL Creamy peach and a touch of pink or orange and a touch of pink.

FLESH Add just an extremely small touch of Copper to white icing. Ivory can also be used. Light pink with a small amount of brown.

GRAY Add just a touch of Black to white icing.

HUNTER GREEN Kelly Green and a touch of Black

JADE Leaf green, Royal Blue and a touch of Black

LAVENDER Pink and Violet

MARIGOLD Lemon Yellow and Orange

MAROON Burgundy and Red Red

MAUVE Touch of Burgundy with very little Black.

MISTY GREEN Leaf Green, Royal Blue and a touch of Black

MOSS GREEN Our paste color or Violet and Lemon Yellow

MULBERRY Mix Rose with a touch of Royal Blue.

NAVY BLUE Royal Blue and Black

PERIWINKLE Royal Blue and Violet

PLUM Use violet with a touch of Christmas red.

RASPBERRY Pink and Red Red

RUST Orange, Red Red and Brown

SILVER We do not advise attempting to simulate silver color in icing. Instead, add silver leaves or other silver accessories to the cake.

TEAL Use teal paste color or Lemon Yellow and Sky Blue

TURQUOISE Sky Blue and Lemon Yellow

WARM GOLD Use Golden Yellow with just a touch of brown.

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How to Make Icing Colors

Successful projects often hinge on how close you can get to either your vision or the vision of your client (if you are making a cake for someone else). Color plays a huge role in this process and most people have very specific likes and dislikes about the shade or hue of icing they wish to apply to their cake.

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Frost by Numbers: How to Make Frosting Colors
Make frosting in amazing new colors — with just a basic box of food coloring.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/frost-by-numbers-how-to-make-frosting-colors.html?oc=linkback

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DIY Cupcake Frosting Color Chart

The May issue of Food Network Magazine has one of the coolest features ever inside: a cupcake icing color chart! The chart shows you how to make lovely pastel frosting shades in every color using a basic food coloring kit (red, yellow, blue, and green).

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