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Old 04-22-2012, 01:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Dear friends,

 

I would like to make a Ming MIng cake for my daughter (of Wonder Pets fame).

 

http://wonderpets.wikia.com/wiki/File:Ming-Ming_thumbnail.png

 

I figure that with my very poor artistic skills, this may be the best to make, because it is circular and no cutting is involved.

 

My question is, what *real* foods can I use to dye the cake? I have ideas but I don't know how to implement them, as I am not into baking (it's a cultural thing).

 

For instance, I suppose I can use turmeric for the yellow. How do I mix it in the frosting without making the cake taste too turmeric-y? And what can I use for the frosting? Heavy cream? See? My baking skills are that pathetic, sorry.

 

Please, please, can anyone give me some direction. I know that I can buy a cake if I wanted to, but all the nasty dyes, shudder! I don't even eat all of those grocery store colourful cakes. Can't bring myself to, and don't want my daughter to either.

 

What of the light pink? For the brown hat, I suppose, carob powder or cocoa powder. Eyes - chocolate covered almonds - can be removed before cake is cut, or before serving. Green cape?


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Turmeric doesn't have a huge flavor to me, but you could use anatto seed. Depending on your frosting recipe, melt some butter and put a bunch of seeds in there, then strain the seeds out and you should get a nice, deep yellow color. I made pink frosting just last week using beet juice (I boiled some beets and reduced the liquid into cubes to freeze for later use. Then I nuked a cube until it basically evaporated, leaving only the color in the bowl. It worked great!

Here's a recipe for green: http://www.ehow.com/how_5668579_make-green-food-dye.html

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The plant based "natural" food dyes do work pretty well, so those are out there.

 

And their yellow dye is turmeric-based - if you're mixing it into frosting with sugar, believe me you won't really notice.  Personally I'd consider a cream cheese frosting just cause it's my favorite, plus it's flavor will probably mean anything "weird" you use to dye it isn't as noticeable.  Here's my frosting: 1 block softened cream cheese, dash of heavy cream (1 tsp to 2 tsp), powdered sugar (at least 1/2 c), dash of vanilla.  Add more of anything until it tastes/looks good.    

 

Chamomile (like a lightly brewed tea?) might give you a pale yellow if you'd prefer that.

Water from boiled spinach can work for green (or possibly powdered wheatgrass, reconstituted) - or green smoothie? 

Beet juice does make an excellent pink.

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Thank you so much for responding! Somehow, this thread disappeared from "My Posts", so I thought that I never posted it. I just realized that I did, when I opened this folder in my email.

 

I ended up using ripe mango for yellow and strawberry for pink.


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