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Anyone have a good icing recipe that will...

hold red food coloring and is not awfully sweet?

My daughter's second birthday is coming up. She wants an Elmo birthday cake. I like to use cool whip as icing, but it will not hold the red color. Does anyone have a good recipe for an icing that not too sweet but will hold red coloring? Or should I just buy the tubs at the store and color them? Thanks. :)


Asked by Kword at 1:30 PM on Mar. 16, 2011 in Food & Drink

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Answers (6)
  • You can color the tubs at the store and powdered food coloring works much better than liquid for really bright bold colors. For something not too sweet I love cream cheese frosting. Here's the recipe I use

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.


Answer by scout_mom at 1:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Powdered sugar, About 1 c. to 2 or 3 T butter and and milk to texture you wish- should only be a few T. I think you can mix this with cool whip and have a whipped frosting that will hold color. If you try ahead of time you can experiment. Have fun. :-)

    Answer by LeJane at 1:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • I'm not quit sure of the answer.... but maybe try red "food dye".... it wont "water" down the cool whip.

    Answer by MrsDAP at 1:34 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:43 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • You can't use traditional food coloring - the watery stuff in any grocery. Try a powder or gel coloring.

    Answer by twinsplus2more at 1:44 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • I have the gel stuff. Thanks everyone. :) Now I have some things to try and work with. :)

    Comment by Kword (original poster) at 2:01 PM on Mar. 16, 2011