Natural Food Colors and Dyes

They say you should eat the rainbow. Well, now you literally can!

I researched a lot of natural ways to dye a rainbow cake that I had been planning to make to celebrate marriage equality when it finally passed parliament in Australia. There were a lot of premade natural food colors that you can purchase online, but I like to work with raw ingredients as much as possible.

I ended up reading this perfect recipe from xcx. It spoon fed me everything I needed to know, so I got to baking…

As part one of this recipe, I made a list of every dye that I used for each color of the rainbow cake as reference for any other colored goods that you might want to make. All natural, all very simple with nothing required except a juicer or blender.

Natural Food Colors and Dyes
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Servings 1 1/3 cup mini cake
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Food colors get a bad wrap - and for a good reason. Why use chemicals when there is a rainbow of vibrant ingredients that you can employ to produce some incredible colors? Use this to color cakes, pastas, anything that could use a boost of hue!

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Ingredients
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple

Change serving size:

1/3 cup mini cake
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple

Change serving size:

1/3 cup mini cake
Ingredients
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple

Change serving size:

1/3 cup mini cake
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple

Change serving size:

1/3 cup mini cake
Instructions
  1. Juice all items and keep in separate containers. For the berries, nuke about 2-3 tbsp in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time then pass through a fine sieve to remove pulp and seeds.
  2. If you do not have a juicer, you can use a blender or food processor to heavily process the item then use a strainer or cheesecloth to separate as much juice as possible.
Notes

You will learn quickly that beet juice loses its color quite quickly in baked goods. I have a feeling higher heats make it even worse. Feel free to top up the color by brushing on some fresh juice if you don't mind the flavor.

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