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Rainbow colored buttercream

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

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!

post #2 of 19

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. 

post #3 of 19
Do you mean the colors or the piping style?
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post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by erikabakes View Post
 

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.

post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

Do you mean the colors or the piping style?

 

the color

post #6 of 19
Using 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.
post #7 of 19

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. 

post #8 of 19
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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?

post #9 of 19

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.

post #10 of 19
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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?

post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by annebaligod View Post
 

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.

post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by darkchocolate View Post
 

 

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?

post #13 of 19

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. 

post #14 of 19

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.  

post #15 of 19
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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!

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