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Whether its for a wedding cake, birthday cookies or tea biscuits, colored icing can dress up any dessert for a variety of occasions. Turning white icing into the perfect shade of peachy salmon takes a cursory knowledge of the color wheel as well as some practice with mixing. Using the right type of food coloring will also enhance the quality and consistency in the mixed color of your icing. Mix various shades of colors into your next batch of icing to create the right shade of salmon for your confection.

Scoop 1/4 cup of white buttercream or royal icing into a mixing bowl.

Dip a toothpick into a container of red food coloring. Coat half of the toothpick in the gel.

Swirl the toothpick into the icing. Mix the coloring and the icing together with a spatula or small icing knife.

Dip the toothpick into a container of yellow food coloring gel. Swirl it into the icing.

Mix the icing again thoroughly to combine.

Wait 1 to 2 hours to allow the coloring to deepen in the icing mixture.

Add small amounts of red or yellow to adjust the color of your icing. Use a fresh toothpick every time you dip into the gel. Keep track of how many times you add food coloring to make replicating the color easy.


Practice making a small amount of colored icing before you mix a large batch.

Use concentrated gel food coloring for the best results. Avoid liquid or powdered coloring for this hue of icing.


Wear plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands.

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Alyssa Ideboen has been writing professionally since 2005. She has contributed to several print and online publications, including "Lexington Woman" and "Global Business" magazines. Ideboen holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management and communication from Judson University.