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 Post subject: Green buttercream?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:52 am 
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Hello folks!

I've done a few searches of the forum with no luck, I know it moved recently so I apologise unreservedly if this has been covered :D

I'm going to bake cupcakes like this:
http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com ... cakes.html

Though obviously a vegan equivalent! I want lovely piped green frosting to decorate like a Christmas tree. I'm not sure of where to buy natural green colouring though I will have a look - if I can't track any down today I'll need a home made alternative. So far the closest I've found is an avocado buttercream recipe, like this:
http://aimeeshealthyliving.wordpress.co ... -frosting/

Does anyone have any really great tips for achieving a lovely shade of Christmas tree green in frosting that will obediently stand up? :)

Thanks!!

Jenny.


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 Post subject: Re: Green buttercream?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:59 am 
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Having said that I have done a little research and think this may be suitable, if anyone can confirm I'm not making a giant boob I would be grateful!

Ingredients for colouring available at my supermarket are:
(Vegetable) Glycerol, Colours: Lutein E161b, Brilliant Blue FCF E133.

Lutein E161b vegan: http://www.food-info.net/uk/e/e161b.htm
Brilliant blue also vegan: http://www.food-info.net/uk/e/e133.htm

Could it really be?

My Christmas trees depend on it......

Thanks :)


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 Post subject: Re: Green buttercream?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:25 am 
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Chlorophyll is a definite vegan, all natural solution! You can buy the stuff in liquid form at decent health food stores. I haven't tried it myself yet (although I've been meaning to), but I saw it used on a cooking show last year where they put a little bit in some pasta dough and it turned it a nice, deep green like you're looking for.

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 Post subject: Re: Green buttercream?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:26 am 
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Erinnerung wrote:
Chlorophyll is a definite vegan, all natural solution! You can buy the stuff in liquid form at decent health food stores. I haven't tried it myself yet (although I've been meaning to), but I saw it used on a cooking show last year where they put a little bit in some pasta dough and it turned it a nice, deep green like you're looking for.


Ahh fantastic, thank you! I will check the health store before I resort to E numbers, vegan though they may be :)

Chlorophyll makes a very nice sense really, considering it's for trees! :D


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:03 pm 
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I made an avocado buttercream frosting for cupcakes once but it was more liquid than solid, so I dunno how it'll hold up for decorations.


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Spirulina is a nice dark pine green!

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If you don't mind the added flavor, try matcha powder- A little bit goes a long way.

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For a christmas tree green chlorophyll or spirulina will probably be the right color. I don't know about taste though. I hate spirulina and can taste small amounts so I wouldn't put it in frosting, but if it doesn't bother you that might be the way to go. I don't know if chlorophyll has a flavor.

If you do end up buying an artificial coloring try to get a gel or paste. Those are usually the best for frostings.

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