Natural Food Coloring

Natural food coloring is a healthy alternative to decorating cakes, dyeing Easter eggs, or adding fun color to dough instead of using artificial colors. Research shows artificial colors in food shows hyper activity and certain side effects in some children and even adults. So if you are concerned about food coloring in your decorated cakes, you'll love trying out natural coloring ideas that are available now.
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Please note: You won't get the bright red, blue and yellow you are use to but you'll have the added benefit of knowing your frosting is dye free.

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Coloring with Foods

You can use food to change the color of your frosting. Just remember you don't want to use Kool-aid, Jell-O, and anything like that because they have artificial colors in them as well.

Try blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, turmeric or cooked beets. You can also boil shredded red cabbage in water and use the colored water in your frosting recipe. Substitute some of the liquid such as milk for a liquid such as juice from blueberries, red cabbage water, etc.

Color Dying Ideas:


Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice

Violet Blue

Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins


Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves


Grape Juice


Spinach Leaves
Liquid Chlorophyll
Green Tea

Greenish Yellow  

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels


Orange or Lemon Peels
Carrot Tops
Celery Seed
Ground Cumin
Ground Turmeric


Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells


Yellow Onion Skins


Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets


Lots of Red Onions Skins

Natural Egg Dying Tips

Dye your eggs in boiling water, with vinegar and the item used to create the desired color, boiling both eggs and dye items together. Don't forget to compost your dye items when you are finished dyeing your eggs.
**Keep in mind dying eggs natural will not make a bright vibrant colored egg as you would with packaged dying products.
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Buying Options for Natural Coloring

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India Tree Natural Decorating Colors Set

India Tree's colorings are made from natural vegetable colorants such as beets and red cabbage. These natural colors contain absolutely no synthetic dyes or corn syrup.

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Natural Colored Sugar

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Natural Food Coloring for food


  • To use these natural coloring, add one drop at a time in your icing. Stir and wait a few minutes before adding more color. If your decorated cakes or dough, sit overnight the coloring might change slightly.

  • Keep in mind your icing will be more pastel when using natural colors and not bright as you would get in artificial coloring.

Projects to try with your Natural Coloring

Rainbow Pancakes
Rainbow Cupcakes
Rainbow Cookies
Tie Dye Cookies
Easter Egg Dyeing
Colored Noodles Craft

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