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How To Color Coconut Flakes In 3 Quick And Easy Steps

Coconut flakes are great garnishes that are only increasing in popularity. So, to make them even better, we will look at how to color coconut flakes! Making colored coconut is a quick and easy way to create fun and even more elaborate baked goods! It will enable you to bring across a theme much better while still adding texture and a delicious fresh coconut flavor.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Can you add food coloring to coconut flakes?, Can you Color coconut flakes?, Can you color toasted coconut?, How do I Color coconut?, how to color coconut flakes
Author: Cakedecorist


  • Mixing bowls
  • Fork, spoon, or toothpick
  • Glass container or zip-lock bag


  • Coconut flakes, untoasted
  • Food coloring of your choice, liquid or gel


  • Combine the ingredients
    To start, add the coconut flakes into a bowl. Make sure you have no attachments to this bowl or container, as the food coloring will stain it. Alternatively, using clear glass bowls is the best option to prevent any staining.
    Then, add a drop of food coloring to your flakes.
    Coconut flakes, untoasted, Food coloring of your choice, liquid or gel
  • Mix the ingredients
    Once your food coloring is added, start mixing the ingredients together. Work gently so that you can avoid crushing the beautiful flakes.
    You can use a metal fork, spoon, or a toothpick to stir the flakes around. Keep stirring until you see that all of the flakes are more or less a uniform color.
    Don't get discouraged if they don't immediately turn the color you want. It does take a while to spread the color to all the flakes. This is further lengthened by having to work gently because of how fragile they are.
  • Adjust the color
    Once you have your final color, you can make adjustments to the shade. Just add another drop or two of food coloring. But, be careful to not overdo it. If you do, the flakes may become soggy and stick to each other.
    Keep mixing in the new coloring until you have a uniform product.
  • Use or store the coconut flakes
    If you aren't going to be using the coconut flakes immediately, we recommend storing them inside a resealable ziplock bag. This way you won't have to stain any plastic containers.
    You can also place them in mason jars or other airtight glass containers.
    Keep the colored coconut flakes in a cool, dark, and dry place until you are ready to use them.


You can also make colored toasted coconut flakes. But the key to doing so is toasting the coconut flakes before you add the food coloring. During the toasting process, moisture is removed and the flakes are made darker (more brown). So, if you try to toast the colored flakes, the color may change and even burn!
After your coconut flakes have been toasted, make sure they cool completely before you add coloring to them. Otherwise, they will lose their crispy texture.
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