I received a request for colorful cupcakes for a little girl’s unicorn themed birthday party. Before making the batch for delivery, I wanted to test out some colors and ideas. Normally I would use the food coloring you buy in the grocery store baking section with the little red, yellow, green, and blue liquid dye droppers. It works for basic colors, but I wanted happier colors. I did some research online and found Wilton’s Color Right Performance Color System. It comes with eight different bottles of concentrated dye and a color chart for reference. Using the color chart you can create 48 different colors! This color system also gives you the versatility to make your own shades.
I decided to use the bright and bold chart and make turquoise, purple, pink, and orange. I separated the batter into 4 different bowls and colored each bowl a different color. I did the same for the frosting. I layered the different colored batters in the cupcake tins. After baking and cooing, I cut up a cupcake to see the result on the inside. I was very pleased!
I began frosting the cupcakes and the colors were so vibrant. As I ran out of one color of frosting, I just added another color to same frosting bag since I was just testing out the colors. It resulted in a really cool airbrushed effect on the cupcakes. I will definitely use this technique again.