How to Make Brown Frosting With Food Coloring

How to Make Brown Frosting With Food Coloring?

When it comes with colorful, creamy frosting on cake looks sinfully delicious!

A rich and luscious brown frosting always goes well with any occasion. Depending on your preference, you can use this frosting on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and even brownies if you want.

One of the key ingredients for brown frosting is to use chocolate/cocoa powder. However, if you want to lessen or avoid these ingredients altogether, you can also use food color to make your frosting achieve any shade of brown you prefer.

Want to learn how to make brown frosting with food coloring and make everyone go WOW at the sight of your next cake? Below we have included everything you need to know to do that.

How to Make Brown Frosting with Food Coloring:

There are 2 types of food colorings that are used with frosting: Water-based and Gel-based food color.

The only difference between these two types is that gel-based colors are sufficient to use in small amounts as they are more concentrated. So, you will require half as much gel-based color as you need for water-based food color.

Water-Based Food Coloring

Things You Need

1. Red Food Color.

2. Blue Food Color.

3. Green Food Color

4. Rubber Spatula.

5. Drop Stopper.

6. Glass Bowl.


From Light Brown to Chocolate to Cappuccino, there are various shades of browns available. You need to continuously mix and adjust the ratio as you go for this purpose. However, we will give you a basic idea here for your convenience.

  • For Light Brown color, mix 3 drops of red food color with 3 drops of green food coloring using the drop stopper. Use the spatula to stir the frosting and combine as required.
  • If you want to create a bit deeper shade, then the Basic Brown color will be more suitable for your frosting. In that case, you need to use the blue food color as well. The ratio for red, green and blue food color is 35:40:3 drops.
  • Cappuccino is even one shade darker than the basic brown color. To make this shade, you need to mix in 50 drops of red color and 6 drops of blue color with 60 drops of green food color.
  • If you want Chocolatey color on your frosting without adding chocolate, use 150 drops of red color, 6 drops of blue color with 160 drops of green food coloring. Keep in mind that, these measurements vary depending on the quantity of frosting you are using.

Gel-Based Food Coloring

Things You Need

1. Yellow Gel Color.

2. Brown Gel Color.

3. Crimson Gel Color.

4. Orange Gel Color.

5. Red Gel Color.

6. Mixing Bowl.

7. Toothpick.

8. Spatula.

9. Cup.


As we have said earlier, gel-based food coloring doesn’t require much guesswork and works well when used in a small amount. It also helps add a fine tune to your frosting that takes your cake to a professional level!

Here, we will be giving you directions for adding 4 different types of brown shades to your frosting: Autumn Brown, Summer Brown, Winter Brown, Neutral Brown.

  • For Autumn Brown color, add 25 drops of brown, 4 drops of orange, 4 drops of crimson and 4 drops of orangegel colors in the mixing cup. Use the toothpick to stir the colors together to get your desired look.
  • If you are after a more greyish brown color in your frosting, then the Summer Brown shade would be more suitable for you. For that, you need to mix 4 drops of brown gel with 7 drops of yellow and 1 drop of red gel color.
  • Winter Brown color refers to the dark brown shades. For this appearance, you need to mix 8 drops of crimson gel with 26 drops of brown gel color.
  • If you want neither strong nor light brown color and prefer to stay in the middle, then the Neutral Brown color is for you! For this particular color, you only need to mix 1 drop of yellow color with 1 drop of brown gel color.

Once you have achieved your desired shade, take a mixing bowl and add 2 cups of white frosting there.

Using a spatula to make space in the center and pour the color in it until everything combines together nicely. You can use the standard folding technique for this purpose.

Tips And Tricks

1. Once you have mixed all the colors to your frosting, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1- to 2-hour. After that, wait for the frosting to come to room temperature and give it a good stir with a spatula before using.

2. Gel-based colors pretty much act in a certain way. Water-based colors, on the other hand, may act differently depending on what brand you are using when you are experimenting. Therefore, we recommend adding the colors in small quantity and see how it behaves before mixing it with the frosting.

3. You can count the drops while it comes out of the color bottles. However, it’s a better idea to use the drop stopper for more precise measurement. Also keep in mind that, approximately 100 drops of food coloring equal to 1 teaspoon.

4. While combining multiple colors together, keep in mind that it’s hard to recreate any of them in exactly the same way again. Therefore, it’s better to keep some extra of that color combination on hand in case you run short afterward.

Final Words

Do you know what’s the biggest advantage of working with brown frosting?

Most graphic embellishments appear really striking against this rich, and luscious color!

Now that you know how to make brown frosting with food coloring, hopefully, you can easily dress up your cakes, cookies, brownies with fancy decoration.

We have one last piece of advice for you: When it comes to food color, a little can go a long way.

So, it’s better to add only a little at a time and then combine them together to see if you have nailed your favorite shade!

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