Using food coloring enhances the look of icing on sweet treats like cupcakes, cakes and cookies. Most food coloring comes in standard colors like blue, red, yellow and green. However, mixing colors creates new and unique colors for icing, including burnt orange. Seasonal fall treats and sun or sunflower theme baked goods get realistic coloring by using a burnt orange icing.

Things You'll Need


Scoop 16 ounces of white icing into a bowl.

Add 12 drops of yellow food coloring to the white icing and stir with a spoon.

Add four drops of red food coloring to the icing and stir with a spoon. The combination of the two food colorings will result in a burnt orange color.

If icing color is too light, add additional extra drops of red food coloring until desired color is achieved. Make sure to add additional food coloring one drop at a time and stir before adding more food coloring drops.

If icing color is too dark, add additional extra drops of yellow food coloring until desired color is achieved.

Tips

  • Add 50 drops of yellow food coloring and eight drops of red food coloring to a white cake mix for a burnt orange colored cake.

  • Use food coloring for egg dying.

References and Resources

McCormick: Color Creator