How To: Super Bright Buttercream




Introduction: How To: Super Bright Buttercream

Hi, I'm Leslie but I am better known as punkgirl. I am a fan of all things quirky and dark but m...

So lately I've been teaching myself how to decorate cakes and I've come across some really great tips. One in particular is how to get the most vibrant colours out of buttercream frosting.

Step 1: Your Arsenal

First step to super bright buttercream is to have a good arsenal of food colour.

Liquid food colour is hopeless! You have to use way too much of it, then the taste of alcohol starts to take over and your icing will become way to runny. It can be okay to use in cake batters, jellies and rock candy but for vibrant buttercream it's just not good enough.
What you want to use is a concentrated gel. There are lots of brands out there and each have their own merit.
Here in Australia the most easily accessible is Queens which I buy from Woolworths. It comes in red, yellow, blue and green. Great by themselves but a little tedious to mix to get specific colours. They are a great base to start with though.
The most well known brand, I think, is Wilton. They come in a very extensive range of colours so they will suit almost any use you have for them. They come in a jar so are not convenient to use, and I find I have to use quite a lot of it.
I haven't tried this brand yet, but Chefmaster seems to be very highly spoken of. If you're familiar with it please let me know how it works for you.
My absolute favourite, the brand I use the most and have had the best results with is Americolor. They come in a squeeze bottle so they're very easy to use. The mix smoothly and blend very easily to make any colour you desire.

Step 2: Get a Toothbrush

Don't be sparing with your food colour, you will need to use a lot to get bright colours! You will stain your guests teeth, you will colour your tongue and you will stain your fingers when handling it! It all adds to the fun though, so just laugh it up and see who's tongue goes the brightest ;)

Step 3: Just Put It Away

The secret, and most important step to bright buttercream is to just cover it up and put it away.
Make your frosting about three or four days in advance. Don't despair if it's not the colour you were hoping for. If it's only a few shades off, then perfect! Now wrap it up and stick it in the fridge.
When you're ready to use it take it out of the fridge, let it come to room temperature then give it a mix with your beaters. You will see the colour intensify right before your eyes!

Step 4: That's It

It's so super simple! Now enjoy your super bright buttercream and use it to your hearts' content.

As always, please leave any questions, comments or suggestions. Happy creating :) \m/



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    11 Discussions

    I am new to Australia.I bought Queen red colour gel and liquid from Woolworths.However its not turning out to be bright red but dark pink.Can you tell me from where you have got Americolor?

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    Hi Nisha
    Sometimes to get a super bright red it’s best to start off with an orange or pink base, then add red to it. Sometimes even a little cocoa powder to darken the buttercream slightly buy of course that will change the taste too.
    I used to purchase Americolor from a store called House but my local one doesn’t sell them anymore so I have had to move to purchasing them online. My preferred site is but there is also eBay. Hope this helps :)

    Um I was just asking Kiliong that when are the pictures taken

    Good 'ible; very informative. I absolutely LOVE the creations you showcase at the end! If you're really worried about cancer then you'll prolly want to stay away from baked good and bad grammar, too :)

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    Looking at this doesn't make my appetite levels rise sky high. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea, I like how it looks and will try this. But never eat it. Something about unnatural colored food makes me go EEK!

    Great looking cake and to the scare mongers in this day and age anything and everything can or will give you cancer according to some bodies research so lighten up breath oops fore got air causes cancer

    Thanks, Nelly!

    I haven't looked into whether it causes cancer or not, it's a valid point but in the end almost everything causes cancer, so live it up! ;)

    great job.
    but some people say eating food color can cause cancer.

    Thank you, emily :)