Wilton Color Mixing Guide WCMG


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Wilton paste food color is concentrated, giving vivid or deep colors without changing consistency. Add paste color to icing, in small amounts with a clean toothpick or spatula.

When making deep colors, such as black, brown, or red use Wilton paste food colors in larger amounts than normal. It can take as much as 1 oz. paste food color per one cup to obtain deep colors. Deep colors are recommended for accent colors only.

When icing is colored deep red, a bitter aftertaste may be detected. Red No-Taste should be used when a large portion of red coloring is used on the cake. Red No-Taste does not contain red 3 which causes the bitter taste.

When white buttercream is tinted dark black, it also can have a bitter taste. Use dark chocolate icing with a small amount of black color added.

Colors deepen in buttercream icings upon setting; color icing 1-2 hours before decorating. Colors fade slightly in royal, boiled or Color Flow icing as they set.

Brown color occasionally has a green overtone to it. This usually occurs with the presence of acid in the icing; lemon juice or cream of tartar. Omit the acid if tinting icing brown. Also dissolving brown color in 1/4 teaspoon water before adding to icing will eliminate the green tone.

White-white is used for lightening icing that has been colored too dark. Also use it for making white buttercream made with butter or margarine.

All deep colors in nature stain, like blueberries, but none of them are harmful. Paste colors can stain teeth and skin; however, simply washing skin area with soap and warm water will remove color. Bleach can be used on counter tops.
Lukewarm water should be used first to spot stained color. Rinse thoroughly, allow to dry. If color is still visible use a commercial cleaner on garment, carpet, upholstery, etc. In the case of a color that has Red 3 as an ingredient use an acid such as vinegar or lemon juice to soak stain first. Proceed with lukewarm water and then allow to dry before using a
commercial cleaner.

Sometimes lemon juice or cream of tartar will cause colors to change, ie. violet will become blue. If the recipe has one of these ingredients in it, omit it. In addition, some water (from various geographical areas) tends to cause color changes. If buttercream icing is made with water, use milk instead.

Usually, “bleeding” colors on a decorated cake is a result of improper storage. It is not recommended to ice cakes while they are still frozen, as the cake needs to “breathe” while it thaws. Allow the cake to defrost before icing to help prevent the colors from bleeding.

An air tight cover on cake stored at room temperature may encourage condensation to form which can cause colors to bleed.

Sunlight or fluorescent light will cause some colors to fade. After the cake is decorated, it is best to keep in a cool room and out of direct light.

Wilton Icing Color Chart:
When mixing color always mix a small amount of color to experiment. Start with base color and then add very small amounts of secondary color. Be sure to mix enough color for the cakes to be decorated as it is difficult to match an exact color.

ANTIQUE GOLD Add just an extremely small touch of Leaf Green to golden yellow
AQUA Sky Blue and Leaf Green
AVOCADO Use Moss Green color
BLACK Our paste color or Royal Blue, Christmas Red, Orange and Lemon
CHARTREUSE 9 parts Lemon Yellow, 1 part Leaf Green
CORAL Watermelon makes a very attractive coral color OR bright Creamy Peach
FLESH Add just an extremely small touch of Copper to white icing. Ivory can also be used. Light pink with a small amount of brown.
GRAY Add just a touch of Black to white icing.
HUNTER GREEN Kelly Green and a touch of black
JADE Leaf green, Royal Blue and a touch of black
LAVENDER Pink and violet
MARIGOLD Lemon Yellow and orange
MAROON Burgundy and Red Red
MAUVE Touch of Burgundy with very little black.
MISTY GREEN Leaf Green, Royal Blue and a touch of black
MOSS GREEN Our paste color or violet and lemon yellow
MULBERRY Mix Rose with a touch of Royal Blue
NAVY BLUE Royal blue and black
RASPBERRY Pink and Red Red
RUST Orange, Red Red and Brown
SILVER We do not advise attempting to simulate silver color in icing. Instead, add silver leaves or other silver accessories to the cake.
TEAL Use teal paste color or lemon yellow and sky blue
TURQUOISE Sky Blue and Lemon Yellow
WARM GOLD Use Golden Yellow with just a touch of brown

Notes About Wilton Paste Colors

There are three different reds – Christmas Red, a blue-toned red; Red-Red, an orange toned red; and
Red-No Taste, a blue toned red.
Note: It can take as much as 1 oz. of red paste color to one cup of icing to get a deep red.


Leaf Green is a brighter green with more yellow than Kelly Green. Both of these greens require very little color, how
much color added depends on the tone of the green you desire.

Rose paste color will obtain hot pink with good results. Rose Petal is a soft, muted rose color. Pink is a traditional pastel with a slight yellow tone.

Royal Blue has a red tone. Sky Blue has a yellow tone.

Daffodil Yellow is an all natural food coloring and does not contain yellow #5. (Many people are allergic to this). Daffodil Yellow currently contains alcohol which all other colors do not have present.

Icing Color Uses
Cookie Dough
A fun way to add color to cookies is to bake it right in! It’s easy—Knead small amounts of Icing Color into prepared
Roll-Out Cookie Dough until desired shade is reached. Roll out, cut into shapes and bake! Take it one step further by piping decorations on unbaked cookies using thinned tinted cookie
dough. Here’s how—Thin a small amount of tinted dough with 1 tsp. water at a time until it will pass through a small round decorating tip. Add outlines, details, and even flowers. Bake following recipe instructions.

Easter Eggs
Create a rainbow of colored eggs for Easter matched to your basket, outfit, or bonnet! It’s easy, fast and convenient, using Wilton Icing Colors. Put 1 tsp. Vinegar in 3/4 cup very hot water.
Mix in icing color until the water is a very deep hue. Let water set a few minutes, stir until completely dissolved, then begin to brighten and color dozens of eggs! Experiment with different colors, using a test egg to try out different combinations! Your Easter egg-coloring possibilities are endless!

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