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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Servings11/3 cup mini cake
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!
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.
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.
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.