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How to make your own FAILSAFE icing colours


“I like to be prepared and experiment at the same time, so I have been doing some testing of failsafe colours you can make yourself, with a red cabbage.  I wanted to know what was possible, easily, with stuff you would probably have on hand immediately as a failsafer.

I have used all these colours to ice the back of a Yummy Biscuits (recipe Fedup website) – see photo – by adding each to icing sugar.

PINK: cabbage juice + citric acid

BLUE/GREEN: cabbage juice + bicarb soda (the colour becomes greener as you add more bicarb, but it affects the taste)

PURPLE: cabbage juice alone

YELLOW: icing sugar + egg yolk

“INTERESTING” grey/brown colour: cabbage juice + egg yolk (made in error actually)

To make cabbage juice:  boil approx. 2 cups of chopped red cabbage in a medium saucepan of water for about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and strain the liquid, discarding the cabbage.  Allow to cool.  Add the above as required.

NOTE: add each ingredient gradually until the desired colour is reached.  You can always add more, you can’t take some out.

Hope this proves helpful to some.”

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