By Zora Hughes

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.

Decorate yellow cake icing with complementary colored toppings.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

Add in 1 tsp. of vanilla or lemon extract, depending on the flavor you want the icing to be.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.