Baking is as much about presentation as it is taste. When you bake the special birthday cake, you aren’t just asking yourself if you should bake a chocolate cake, a white cake or some other flavor. How the cake will be decorated is also a consideration. If you need orange food coloring for the frosting, the shade may not be available, so you need to turn to the color wheel and see what color combinations will make orange.

Things You'll Need

Squeeze 1 drop of red food coloring into a bowl.

Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring to the bowl. Stir with a toothpick to mix.

Add more yellow if you want a lighter orange, or more red for a darker orange. If you are coloring frosting, then add a little of the mixture to some frosting to test the shade (before adding more red or more yellow) as the color in the bowl may not reflect the true shade.


  • Add orange juice to white frosting if you want to make light orange frosting.

  • Combine ground turmeric and beet juice to make orange food coloring, if you don’t have red and yellow food coloring. Go very light on the beet juice.