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Making Orange Colored Icing for a Cake

Is there a way to use natural ingredients to tint white icing orange (relatively easily)? I'd like the color to be bold like a pumpkin, but if not, it can be a little faded. Thanks.

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I'd almost be tempted to put the white icing on the cake and stick orange M&M's all over it (but orange sprinkles would work, too).

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I use all natural food colorings you can get at natural food markets. The brand I use is India Tree. You can also order another brand here http://www.naturalcandystore.com/category/s?keyword=natur... I haven't tried those ones yet so I don't have a personal review like I do the India Tree brand.

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Red + yellow food dye = orange ;)

They do sell 'organic' food coloring, I have no idea what's really in it...

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I'd almost be tempted to put the white icing on the cake and stick orange M&M's all over it (but orange sprinkles would work, too).

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I'm going to assume that the Wilton paste coloring is not all natural and not what you're looking for? That's probably the best way I can think of but if you're looking for natural ingredients I'm sure that's the answer.

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the orange m&m or sugar sprinkles B suggested was a great idea!

carrot juice maybe orange juice consentrate (frozen kind) mixes with powdered sugar

I tried to make a pumpkin-shaped cake with orange frosting a couple weeks ago and even the regular food dye wouldn't do it, and I put in A LOT of red and yellow. It came out kind of pale pinky-orange (though the cake itself looked pretty good, gotta say). I also like the M&M or sprinkles idea.

I saw that Wilton now has natural food color gels available. Just not sure how good the colors come out.

I have used Turmeric and Saffron is very small amount. Turmeric stains everything yellow. In this case as long as the frosting requires a fair amount of sugar, then you wont taste the spice at all. If its low sugar or cane, I would suggest Saffron. Dont need much and Saffron actually will turn a shade of Orange but not really BRIGHT orange, might need to break down and put in a drop of Wilsons red die in that case. Its difficult to go all natural with orange since its not a primary color. Beet Juice and Tumeric/Saffron might make orange?Be sure its not over strong or the sugar and taste of the frosting wont cover the natural flavors.
PS someone suggested carrot juice, which is also a great dye!!!! However Carrots have a large amount of sweet flavor so you might have to decrease sugar amounts in the frosting... there is always a little adjusting and tweeking when using naturals

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