Natural Food Dyes for Every Color
All-natural shades you can make with items you likely already have in your kitchen (including purple and black)
This October, we took you to a sophisticated, celestial gathering and dinner party, and helped you set the scene for your own soiree. Izamar Velazquez of Simply Sweet created a delectable chocolate cake and then frosted it with the most striking purple-colored frosting from a medley of food colorings. Since her recipe is top secret, we looked into what shades you can make naturally with items you likely already have in your kitchen.
Two things to note: Because you’re using food to color the frosting, there will be at least a hint of its flavor. Also, natural dyes will never be as vibrant as the shades you can achieve with commercial food coloring.
RED — beets
ORANGE — carrots, paprika or sweet potato
YELLOW — saffron or turmeric
GREEN — matcha or spinach
BLUE — red cabbage
PURPLE — blueberries or purple sweet potato
BROWN — coffee, tea or cocoa
BLACK — activated charcoal or squid ink
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