How to Make Royal Blue Buttercream

How to Make Royal Blue Buttercream Frosting

Not sure how to make your desserts more exciting? Looking for the perfect frosting color for a formal event? Whether you are going to a wedding, having a birthday party or hosting any sort of celebration, having cupcakes or cake with royal blue frosting buttercream will add an elegant touch.

This article will tell you how to make royal blue buttercream and all the things you will need for it. Royal blue is the perfect color for any special occasion as it is a popular color for weddings, suits and formal dresses. It was created in England in the 1800s for a dress for Queen Charlotte.

Making royal blue buttercream is simple and a great way to bring some color to your dessert decorating. Royal blue is a sophisticated color, that is sure to brighten up any event. You’ll love how this easy change to your white buttercream will make a beautiful and versatile frosting.

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What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial
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How to Make Royal Blue Buttercream Frosting

To make this royal blue buttercream frosting you will need homemade or store-bought buttercream, royal blue food coloring, a medium bowl, and an electric mixer.

Homemade Vanilla Buttercream

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

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Royal Blue Food Coloring

Royal blue food coloring can be found in most grocery stores and online. Food coloring often has a long shelf life, so one bottle should last you a while.

There are several different types of food coloring such as liquid gel, powder, gel paste and traditional. Liquid gel is the best kind for frosting, as it is more concentrated, so you need less, and it is less likely to affect the taste of the food. However, any type of food coloring will work.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

If you do not have royal blue food coloring, you can make your own. For every 2 ½ cups of frosting, you can add 12 drops of blue food coloring and three to four drops of red food coloring.

Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Mix Powdered Sugar and Butter

In a medium bowl mix powdered sugar and butter with an electric mixer at low speed until fully combined. You may also use a wooden spoon with you do not have an electric mixer.

Step One: Mix Powdered Sugar and Butter

Step Two: Add Vanilla and Milk

Add the vanilla and one tablespoon of milk to the mixture. Mix until fully combined.

Step Three: Add in Remaining Milk

Gradually beat in remaining tablespoon of milk until the frosting has reached a smooth and spreadable consistency. If the frosting is too thick, add a few drops of milk at a time until it reaches a creamy consistency. If the frosting is too runny, add a small amount of powdered sugar until it thickens up.

Step Four: Add the Food Coloring

Once the frosting is fully mixed, add the food coloring. It will take approximately 70-80 drops of royal blue food coloring for four cups of frosting to reach the desired shade. If you are making your own royal blue, add 20-22 drops of blue food coloring and six to eight drops of red food coloring. Thoroughly mix the food coloring in the frosting until it is fully mixed. You may add more food coloring if it does not come out your desired shade.

Step Four: Add the Food Coloring

When adding the royal blue food coloring to your frosting, it is best to add the smaller number of recommended drops and then adding more if needed. This will help you reach the desired shade of royal blue easier. If the frosting is too dark, you can add white food coloring to help lighten it until you reach your desired shade.

It is important to make sure the food coloring is thoroughly mixed in to avoid any streaks or inconsistencies in the frosting.

Tips and Tricks

If you already have a favorite buttercream frosting recipe, you can use that to make royal blue buttercream. It is best to follow the ratio of 40 drops of royal blue food coloring for every two cups of frosting. However, you might need to add more to reach a vibrant royal blue food coloring.

Though 80 drops of food coloring might seem like a lot of food coloring for four cups of frosting, it will likely be just the right amount to achieve the perfect royal blue food coloring. To put in perspective, 100 drops of food coloring is only about one teaspoon worth.

Royal Blue Frosting Tips and Tricks

Though royal blue frosting is beautiful, it may cause staining. Make sure to be careful not to get it on any of your clothes, as the blue color may be hard to get off and may even permanently stain clothing. The royal blue color may also stain your lips, tongue, and teeth temporarily.

This frosting can be stored in an airtight container for two to three days. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and the freezer for up to six months.

After being stored, the frosting may separate from the food coloring, so it will likely need to be remixed. The color might also change over time, so you may need to adjust accordingly.

Royal blue food coloring also works with cakes, cookies, and most doughs. It adds a vibrant blue color that turns out beautiful when baked. Royal blue is also a great shade of blue to use for any desserts you make for the Fourth of July.

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How to Make Royal Blue Buttercream

Not sure how to make your desserts more exciting? Looking for the perfect frosting color for a formal event? Whether you are going to a wedding, having a birthday party or hosting any sort of celebration, having cupcakes or cake with royal blue buttercream will add an elegant touch.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Make Royal Blue Buttercream
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • Step One: Mix Powdered Sugar and Butter
  • In a medium bowl mix powdered sugar and butter with an electric mixer at low speed until fully combined. You may also use a wooden spoon with you do not have an electric mixer.
  • Step Two: Add Vanilla and Milk
  • Add the vanilla and one tablespoon of milk to the mixture. Mix until fully combined.
  • Step Three: Add in Remaining Milk
  • Gradually beat in remaining tablespoon of milk until the frosting has reached a smooth and spreadable consistency. If the frosting is too thick, add a few drops of milk at a time until it reaches a creamy consistency. If the frosting is too runny, add a small amount of powdered sugar until it thickens up.
  • Step Four: Add the Food Coloring
  • Once the frosting is fully mixed, add the food coloring. It will take approximately 70-80 drops of royal blue food coloring for four cups of frosting to reach the desired shade. If you are making your own royal blue, add 20-22 drops of blue food coloring and six to eight drops of red food coloring. Thoroughly mix the food coloring in the frosting until it is fully mixed. You may add more food coloring if it does not come out your desired shade.

Notes

  • If you already have a favorite buttercream frosting recipe, you can use that to make royal blue buttercream. It is best to follow the ratio of 40 drops of royal blue food coloring for every two cups of frosting. However, you might need to add more to reach a vibrant royal blue food coloring.
  • Though 80 drops of food coloring might seem like a lot of food coloring for four cups of frosting, it will likely be just the right amount to achieve the perfect royal blue food coloring. To put in perspective, 100 drops of food coloring is only about one teaspoon worth.
  • Though royal blue frosting is beautiful, it may cause staining. Make sure to be careful not to get it on any of your clothes, as the blue color may be hard to get off and may even permanently stain clothing. The royal blue color may also stain your lips, tongue, and teeth temporarily.
  • This frosting can be stored in an airtight container for two to three days. It can be stored in the fridge for up to a week and the freezer for up to six months.
  • After being stored, the frosting may separate from the food coloring, so it will likely need to be remixed. The color might also change over time, so you may need to adjust accordingly.
  • Royal blue food coloring also works with cakes, cookies, and most doughs. It adds a vibrant blue color that turns out beautiful when baked. Royal blue is also a great shade of blue to use for any desserts you make for the Fourth of July.
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A Stunning Royal Blue Frosting

This royal blue frosting is sure to be a showstopper at any event. The combination of the striking royal blue color and delicious buttercream frosting makes it the perfect addition to your desserts. It is simple to make, and the royal blue color is beautiful.

Whether for a wedding, birthday party, graduation or baby shower, this royal blue buttercream is a great choice is thanks to its versatility. If you tried this frosting, please share your experience making it.

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