Orange cakes, cakes with tropical flavors on a white plate with citrus fruits

When it comes to decorating cakes and cupcakes, icing is usually the decoration of choice. Depending on the occasion, a few drops of food coloring mixed into a simple butter cream frosting allows the baker to make the cake relevant to a particular theme or holiday. Yellow icing is perfect for sunshine cakes for small children, or for a spring or yellow flower-themed cake. For a lemon-flavored frosting, yellow food coloring will create a look to match its taste.

Combine 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar and 1 egg white in a bowl.

Beat the ingredients together using an electric mixer until it becomes fluffy.

Slowly mix in the milk, using more or less to get to the consistency that you want.

Add 1 to 2 drops of yellow food coloring into the batter, or 1/8 tsp. yellow gel paste food coloring. Add more food coloring little by little to reach the shade of yellow you are satisfied with.


Gel paste food coloring will give you a deeper yellow than the same amount of regular yellow food coloring drops.