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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
Keyword: How to Make Gray Icing
Author: cakedecorist.com


  • 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.


  • 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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