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Natural food coloring?

I hate food coloring, but I've got a 4 year old that keeps asking for crazy birthday cakes and I don't want to crush her dreams. I've read very mixed reviews on India Tree natural food colorings, and I've read that beet juice makes things taste beet-y, etc... Any tips on good natural food dyes?

asked by Allison over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Think about foods that provide colors. Beets, carrots, berries, etc. However, most FLAVOR your dish as well. Hope this helped at least a little m

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added over 2 years ago

Beet juice does add flavor to things, but it may not be the flavor you're thinking of. It doesn't taste like dirt or like it needs some goat cheese to go with it. It's more like a tangy kind of sweet-vegetal-ness. It's a nice pretty pink color too. Adding a small amount of boiled, peeled and puréed beets to cream cheese icing is actually quite delicious.

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added over 2 years ago

Here's a great example of a cake that uses beets. It's pretty popular around these parts, especially for little girl's birthday parties.
http://www.nashvillescene...

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added over 2 years ago

Ha! I actually used to live in Nashville and have eaten Pink Radio cake, and this didn't even cross my mind!

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added over 2 years ago

Hibiscus flower infusions are a very intense pink, and are probably more neutral in flavor than beets, a nice clean tart flavor. The color is so intense you might be able to color food without noticeably flavoring it. The dried flowers are easy to find at natural foods stores. Here's a recipe for the delicious hibiscus drink jamaica:
http://www.101cookbooks...
To make food coloring, you might try using a smaller amount of water to make the color even more concentrated.