Quest for Blue Icing


Happy Yom Ha’Atzmaut! Thanks to your comments on my St. Patrick’s Day post I decided to set a challenge for myself. To try and recreate the blue icing cupcakes of my youth with natural food dye. You must understand that I do not have an extensive test kitchen and loads of time and energy so I tried one option… extracting blue coloring from blueberry jam.

I must say I think I failed miserably and so I created a tried and true second batch using good o’l fashioned food coloring. The test will be completed tonight when I see which platter is done first. I’ll let you know.

5 hours later: I couldn’t believe the results of my unscientific challenge so I am attaching a new picture to show what happened!


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4 Responses to “Quest for Blue Icing”

  1. Hannah Lee Says:

    Hmmm. not too blue, huh? Maybe, you could simply ice the cupcakes, giving it a white background, and add some fresh blueberries on top (for the blue). This is similar to what I do for the Fourth of July, adding strawberries for the red color. I use a oblong pan, which is better for a flag shape.

  2. Kerr Says:

    These flowers look promising:

    Apparently the bunga telang flowers are very difficult to find, but look how good the dye comes out:

  3. Rachel Says:

    After an unsuccessful Happy Birthday Israel Cake in 2007, which was white and blueberry-purple instead of white and blue because of my unwillingness to use artificial food coloring, my best friend and I scoured the earth looking for a natural blue.

    Thanks to our seach, we are able to make Yom Ha’atzma’ut Blo-hitos in 2008 and this year :)

    Check it out:

  4. cecily Says:

    Hi All,
    Thanks so much for your comments. I am inspired by all of your replies. Blueberries on top as Hannah mentioned sounds simple and pretty but Rachel’s all natural coloring in a bottle sounds like it would most solve my icing problem. Thank you! See, with each attempt I am getting closer through your help.

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