Last Updated on December 30, 2022
Have you ever wanted to know how to make red frosting without food coloring? If so, you are in luck as there is an easy and natural way to make your own red frosting with no food coloring. The results will create a beautiful colored frosting that is great for any celebration.
The secret to natural-colored red frosting is beets. Beets provide a beautiful red coloring to the frosting and other baked goods. It is a safe, all-natural way to create beautiful coloring that is sure to stand out.
What Is Beet Powder?
Beet powder is made from ground-up dried beets. Due to the fact it is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, it is considered a superfood.
Beet powder is sold at most nutrition stores and even some grocery stores. It is commonly added to water to make juice. In addition, people also use it in sauces, smoothies, baking, and even as a supplement.
Due to its bright red natural coloring, beet powder is great for use as a natural dye. You can add it to batters, doughs, and frostings to create a beautiful red coloring. It is a great alternative to using traditional food coloring.
Beet powder has many health benefits as well. It is suitable for your blood pressure, and heart and is even anti-inflammatory. It is a versatile food that is also sustainable and convenient, making it a great addition to your pantry.
What You Need to Make Natural Red Food Coloring for Frosting
Ingredients for Red Frosting
- 1-2 teaspoons beet powder
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup vanilla frosting
For the Vanilla Frosting
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Medium bowl
- Small bowl
- Rubber spatula
All Natural Frosting Step-by-Step Instructions
Step One: Make Your Frosting
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar together at low speed in a large bowl. Add the vanilla and one tablespoon of milk to the mixture.
Slowly add in the rest of the milk until the frosting is smooth. If the frosting is too thick add more milk until it is spreadable. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
Step Two: Make the Beet Paste
Whisk together 1-2 teaspoons of beet paste in a small bowl with 1-2 teaspoons of water. Mixing the powder with water will reduce the chances of clumps forming in the frosting.
Step Three: Color the Frosting
Add one cup of frosting to your medium bowl. Then, add the beet paste to the frosting. Use a rubber spatula to thoroughly mix the beet powder into the frosting.
If it has not reached your desired shade of red, make more beet paste to add to the frosting. Frost your baked goods with your colored frosting. Serve and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks
Any leftover frosting should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. The frosting will last for up to seven days.
When ready to use, you may need to stir the frosting together again. The color may separate from the frosting when it is sitting in the fridge.
You can also freeze this frosting as well. Freeze your prepared frosting in an airtight container. Once you want to use it, allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for two hours.
Adding the beetroot powder will not change the taste of your frosting. It will still have the delicious taste of vanilla buttercream. However, if you want a darker red, you will have to use a lot of beetroot powder.
Be careful when working with beetroot powder, as it may stain clothing or countertops. Be sure to clean up any messes right away to prevent stains from occurring.
How To Make Red Frosting Without Food Coloring
For Red Frosting
- 1-2 teaspoons beet powder
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- 1 cup vanilla frosting
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and powdered sugar together at low speed in a large bowl. Add in the vanilla and one tablespoon of milk to the mixture.
- Slowly add in the rest of the milk until the frosting is smooth. If the frosting is too thick add more milk until it is spreadable. If it is too thin, add in more powdered sugar.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1-2 teaspoons of beet paste with 1-2 teaspoons of water. Mixing the powder with water will reduce the chances of clumps forming in the frosting.
- Add one cup of frosting to your medium bowl. Then, add the beet paste to the frosting. Use a rubber spatula to thoroughly mix the beet powder into the frosting.
- If it has not reached your desired shade of red, make more beet paste to add to the frosting. Frost your baked goods with your colored frosting. Serve and enjoy.
How Do You Make Pink Frosting Without Red Food Coloring?
Fortunately, there are ways you can pink frosting without red food coloring. While you can buy pink food coloring, it can be tricky to find, as a typical pack of food coloring generally does not include pink. However, many pastel food coloring kits do include pink or you can even buy pink by itself at some craft stores or online.
You can also make pink frosting without using food coloring. One option is to use freeze-dried strawberry powder. Not only will this give your frosting a lovely shade of pink, but it will also give it a delicious strawberry flavor that pairs well with many different flavors of cakes and brownies.
Instead of strawberries, you can also use raspberries to color your frosting. Heat one cup of frozen raspberries on the stove until they began to release liquid. Strain the raspberries with a fine mesh strainer over a bowl.
Allow the liquid in the bowl to cool and then add it to your frosting until you reach your desired shade of pink. Not only will you achieve a lovely shade of pink but it will also have a great raspberry flavor.
Another option to make pink frosting is to use beet juice. To do this, peel and cut some beets and add them to a small saucepan and then top with water. Bring the beets to a simmer and continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.
Remove the beet from the stove and let the liquid cool. Add beet juice to your frosting until you reach your desired shade of pink.
Why is My Frosting Not Turning Red?
If your frosting is not turning red, it may be because you are not using enough food coloring or are not using the right food coloring for your needs. While natural food coloring can be great, it is not as strong as other food coloring and isn't ideal for dying large batches of frosting.
The best option for making red frosting is to use gel food coloring, as this will give you the brightest red color in your frosting. This will also help keep the best consistency in your frosting as well without making it too liquidy.
The easiest method to dye your frosting vibrant red is to use the microwave method. To do this, add ¼ cup of frosting to a bowl and add additional red food coloring gel to the frosting. Then microwave for five to 15 seconds to achieve a dark cooler.
Allow the frosting to cool slightly before mixing back into the rest of the frosting. By heating, a small amount of frosting with additional food coloring and then mixing it back in you will be able to achieve a more vibrant red.
How Do You Get Red Icing Out of a White Shirt?
To get red icing out of a shirt first use a dull knife such as a plastic knife to scrape away any globs of icing that remain on the shirt. Then, immediately run your shirt under cold water and then add stain remover.
Use a soft bristle brush or your fingers to work the stain remover into the stain and then allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then wash your shirt according to its instructions and if the stain is gone, you can place it in the dryer. If the stain is still there do not dry it in the dryer and repeat the stain removing process before washing again.
Beautiful and Easy Red Frosting Recipe Without Food Coloring
Beetroot powder is a great alternative to food coloring. It is all-natural and full of many health benefits. In addition, it will give your frosting a lovely color without changing the flavor.
By simply making a paste with water and beetroot powder and adding it to your vanilla buttercream, you will have red frosting in no time. It is an easy and efficient way to color your favorite frosting recipe without using food coloring.
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