If you’ve never used natural colors before, you may be wondering how they compare to artificial colors, or how much color you should use. You might want to know what you should expect the finished product to look like, and what does it taste like.
First of all, it’s really easy to remember how much color to use. That’s because our colors are packaged in single use packets. Simply mix the entire contents of one packet of color with one pound of frosting. That will frost one cake or about 24 cupcakes. That’s it – one packet equals one pound of frosting. There are no preservatives in our natural colors, so when you open a packet, you have to use the entire contents. And you should use it immediately. Our Color Garden packers are like bananas – once opened, they turn brown if you don’t use them right away.
You can mix colors like you would paint. To make a purple, simply mix red and blue. Again, you should use the entire contents of both packets. So in this example you would have enough purple for two pounds of frosting. Or you could use half of the mixed color for one pound of frosting and discard the rest. You can also use a little less or a little more color to get the intensity that you want.
Certain hues of natural colors don’t tolerate heat like artificial colors. Reds, if put in the oven, will turn brown. Blues don’t tolerate heat well either. You can bake greens and yellows, however. Orange is somewhat in the middle – you might need to experiment to get the shade of “baked orange” you like.
So what will the finished product look like? The colors in the finished product will look slightly more muted than their artificial counterparts. The reds and blues aren’t as intense. This is normal for 100% plant-based colors. There is no difference in taste between natural and artificial colors. And our natural colors will not add any calories.
There’s a lot more information about working with natural colors in our Instructions & FAQ’s page. And, you can always contact us if you still have questions.