How to Make Gray Icing

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Wanting to decorate with an elegant neutral color? Looking for the perfect shade of gray? This post will tell you everything you need to know on how to make gray icing.

Though gray is not a common color seen in icing, when done right it can be an elegant color, making for some beautiful desserts. It is a versatile color, that can be used as the main color or alongside other colors.

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How to Make Gray Icing: Why Go For Gray?
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How to Make Gray Icing

Though some people may not like the color of gray when used in desserts, however, it can be sophisticated and beautiful. Gray icing can be used to decorate cakes for special occasions and also works as a great base when adding different colors. 

How to Make Gray Icing: Why Go For Gray?

Gray can look beautiful for icing desserts for weddings, anniversaries, graduations and even birthdays. Some people will even ice cupcakes gray for gender reveals and have either blue or pink on the inside to reveal if the baby is a boy or a girl. Whatever the occasion is, gray can be a great choice of color for icing.

How to Make Gray Icing: What You Will Need To Follow 

Ingredients

To make gray icing, you will need:

Or if you prefer not to use black food coloring:

  • Two complementary colors of food coloring
  • Or the three primary colors of food coloring

Using black and blue food coloring is a popular choice amongst food experts for making gray food coloring. Add the blue to the black with white icing gives you more control over the shade of gray. 

If you don’t have black food coloring or want to avoid using black, you can use complementary colors, such as red and green, yellow and purple or blue and orange. Adding more red, yellow or orange will give it more of a “warm” gray tone, whereas adding more blue, green or purple will give it a more “cool” gray tone.

Using the primary colors, blue, red and yellow will produce a flat gray. Adding more of one color will change the shade of gray.

How to Make Gray Icing: Step By Step Instructions

Step One: Empty Icing into a Bowl

Using a spatula, empty white icing into a large bowl. 

How to Make Gray Icing: What You Will Need To Follow 

Step Two: Add Food Coloring

Add one part of blue food coloring and one part black food coloring. Based on two cups of icing, this would be approximately three drops of blue food coloring and three drops of black food coloring. 

When using complementary colors or primary colors, also use equal parts of each color. Start off following the rule of three drops of each color for two cups of icing and adjust as needed.

Step Three: Mix Icing

Mix the icing and food coloring together. Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed to avoid any streaks. It may take a couple of minutes to fully mix the colors and the icing together.

How to Make Gray Icing: Step By Step Instructions

Though many people may not think of gray as a color for weddings, it can look beautiful as an icing for a cake or cupcakes. It gives off an elegant look that everyone will admire. 

Tips and Tricks

Run A Test

It may take some practice to achieve the shade of gray you want, as it can vary largely. It is not a bad idea to do a test run first to be able to find the shade of gray you are looking for, before using it to decorate your desserts.  

When coloring icing, it is always easiest to start with less food coloring and then adding more if needed. If you do make your icing too dark on accident, you can easily lighten it by adding more white icing and mixing it in until you get the correct shade you want. 

Let The Color Settle

One thing to keep in mind when working with food coloring is that it can darken over time. If you are unsure of the shade of gray, let the icing rest for ten to fifteen minutes. After letting it sit, check to see if the colored darkened at all, then add more food coloring if you wish. 

How To Stor Your Icing

Frosted desserts can generally be kept at room temperature for two to three days and refrigerated after that. Unused icing should be stored in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to six months.

Leftover icing may separate after being stored in the fridge or freezer. Allow the icing to reach room temperature and mix it back together before using it. 

How to Make Gray Icing: Step By Step Instructions Tips and Tricks

Food Coloring

When using food coloring, you can use liquid gel, liquid, gel paste, powder or natural. Liquid and liquid gel are the most commonly used as they are the most readily available and the easiest to work with.

Also, liquid food coloring is a popular choice because it is available in a lot of colors and works great at providing a lighter tint. Liquid gel food coloring is thicker and more concentrated, so a little bit can go a long way. Liquid gel food coloring is great for creating vibrant colors.

Be sure to use white icing when making gray icing. Off white or yellow icing will make it hard to get a proper shade of gray.

If you are wanting to decorate your baked goods with another color in addition to gray, there are certain colors that work better than others. Blue, pink, yellow and red are some of the most popular colors that work beautifully when paired together with gray.

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How to Make Gray Icing

Wanting to decorate with an elegant neutral color? Looking for the perfect shade of gray? This post will tell you everything you need to know on how to make gray icing.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Instructions

  • Empty Icing into a Bowl - Using a spatula, empty white icing into a large bowl.
  • Add Food Coloring - Add one part of blue food coloring and one part black food coloring. Based off of two cups of icing, this would be approximately three drops of blue food coloring and three drops of black food coloring.
  • When using complementary colors or primary colors, also use equal parts of each color. Start off following the rule of three drops of each color for two cups of icing and adjust as needed.
  • Mix Icing - Mix the icing and food coloring together. Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed to avoid any streaks. It may take a couple of minutes to fully mix the colors and the icing together.
  • Though many people may not think of gray as a color for weddings, it can look beautiful as an icing for a cake or cupcakes. It gives off an elegant look that everyone will admire.

Notes

  • It may take some practice to achieve the shade of gray you want, as it can vary largely. It is not a bad idea to do a test run first to be able to find the shade of gray you are looking for, before using it to decorate your desserts.
  • One thing to keep in mind when working with food coloring is that it can darken over time. If you are unsure of the shade of gray, let the icing sit for ten to fifteen minutes. After letting it sit, check to see if the colored darkened at all, then add more food coloring if you wish.
  • Frosted desserts can generally be kept at room temperature for two to three days and refrigerated after that. Unused icing should be stored in the fridge for up to a week and in the freezer for up to six months.
  • Leftover icing may separate after being stored in the fridge or freezer. Allow the icing to reach room temperature and mix it back together before using it.
  • When coloring icing, it is always easiest to start with less food coloring and then adding more if needed. If you do make your icing too dark on accident, you can easily lighten it by adding more white icing and mixing it in until you get the correct shade you want.
  • When using food coloring, you can use liquid gel, liquid, gel paste, powder or natural. Liquid and liquid gel are the most commonly used as they are the most readily available and the easiest to work with.
  • Liquid food coloring is a popular choice because it is available in a lot of colors and works great at providing a lighter tint. Liquid gel food coloring is thicker and more concentrated, so a little bit can go a long way. Liquid gel food coloring is great for creating vibrant colors.
  • Be sure to use white icing when making gray icing. Off white or yellow icing will make it hard to get a proper shade of gray.
  • If you are wanting to decorate your baked goods with another color in addition to gray, there are certain colors that work better than others. Blue, pink, yellow and red are some of the most popular colors that work beautifully when paired together with gray.
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An Elegant Gray Icing

People may be surprised by how elegant gray icing can look on desserts. Using food coloring with white icing can create several beautiful shades of gray. Gray icing can be a great color on desserts for many different occasions. 

Knowing how to make gray icing is a helpful skill to have if you enjoy baking. It is simple to do and allows you to create the shade of gray you want. If you found this article helpful and interesting, please share it.

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