Using food coloring to tint icing is a great way to make your baked goods extra special. There are several kinds of food coloring to choose from.
Liquid is the most familiar form of food coloring. It gives the weakest color compared to other types of food coloring and, because of its liquid consistency, it will thin out whatever it is being mixed with.
Liquid gel gives a deep, rich color without thinning and blends well. It is available online and in specialty stores.
Gel-paste gives deeper, more vivid colors than gel or liquid. It is very concentrated and should be used in very small quantities.
Powdered Food Coloring
Powdered food coloring is very concentrated. It can be combined with sugar to decorate cookies, and with lemon extract to paint onto iced cookies (just roll cookies in it to color them).
- The longer the icing sits, the stronger the color will be.
- Mix color in daylight so you can see the true color of the icing.
- Add less color at first so you can adjust as you go.