Learn Various Food Colouring through Food Coloring Chart

By Michael Stern on 2013-02-23 21:28:32

Some foods are visually very appealing with the use of different food coloring agents. With catchy food, the desire to eat also gets enhanced leading to strong appetite and if these are natural then there are even no side effects.

Food coloring chart is the collection of primary and secondary food colors. There are three primary food color viz red, yellow and blue. By mixing any two colors in specified ratio leads to the formation of secondary colors that are purple, green and orange. Like red and yellow when mixed in equal proportion these lead to orange color. If you will increase the quantity of yellow color then the resultant color will be more towards yellow otherwise towards red.

Food coloring is mostly done for the icing that is used as a topping above the cake. At most of the stores you will find the primary color and the green color. But in some others different shades of purple, black and pink are also found. It all depends upon the mixing of food color.

Food Coloring Chart Tips
Mixing of any two primary colors in equal parts will generate the secondary color.

One drop of red + one drop of yellow = orange
One drop yellow + one drop blue = green
One drop blue + one drop red = violet

Use white color to lighten any color. Specifically for food use white icing to lighten the food color.

Mix the primary color in equal proportion (red in bit more quantity) to get the complete black color.

Caramel color is a brown color that is extensively used for icing. This brown color is obtained by mixing more of green in less of yellow. Green is the secondary color.

To make the color of your choice start with one drop of each color and change the proportion as per the requirement.

Get the pastel color by adding white to the required food color.

Deepening of color occurs with time, therefore mix the color at least one hour before its application.

Natural Food Coloring Chart for Icing
The numeric values in the chart defines the number of drops required to make the food color.

Apricot = 2 orange + 1 egg yellow
Coral = 3 rose pink + 2 lemon yellow
Ivory = 1 liquid whitener + a touch of brown + a touch of egg yellow
Jungle Green = 14 green + 6 yellow
Lime = 24 yellow+ 4 green
Navy Blue = 1 sky blue + 1 violet
Raspberry = 3 bakers rose + 1 Christmas red
Rust = 8 orange + 2 red red + 1 brown
Yellow Maroon = 4 red red + 2 burgundy

As far as possible use natural food colors to avoid any kind of adverse health effects.

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