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Rae's picture

Purple Frosting (post #65198)

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My grandaughter's ninth birthday is next week and she has requested a vanilla cake with purple frosting. She will be helping. Any ideas?

Gretchen's picture

(post #65198, reply #1 of 19)

Be sure you get purple food coloring and don't try to do it by mixing red and blue. DS#1 loved purple as a child and wanted purple icing. Mixing gave a distinct shade of mauve!!  It really was hilarious. Fortunately, it was supposed to be the moon landing so it looked a lot like the lunar surface in 1969!!

Gretchen

Gretchen
Rae's picture

(post #65198, reply #2 of 19)

Good to know, I was thinking a mixture. I'll try Joanne's or Michael's - they have Wilton stuff.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #65198, reply #3 of 19)

ahem.  I had the same request from my 4-year old for his 3rd birthday. "Purple Cake with Purple Frosting." 


Get the purple paste coloring, and use a lot (otherwise it's lavender frosting).  You can also use it to color the vanilla cake purple, for a fun surprise.


I, not being a baker, used a powdered sugar/softened butter frosting, which worked quite well.


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Rae's picture

(post #65198, reply #4 of 19)

I haven't found purple coloring yet. I found Violet, I'll try Michael's later. Last year she wanted blue frosting. I'm going with a butter/powdered sugar frosting too.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #65198, reply #5 of 19)

Oops, I just checked mine, and it's "Violet."  Very purple.


I got it at Party City, in their weddings/cake section.


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Rae's picture

(post #65198, reply #6 of 19)

I'll go with violet then, good to know. I can stop looking for purple!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #65198, reply #7 of 19)

I never realized it was called "Violet!"  You'd think they'd name these things more simply, so that people like me could remember what they're called, LOL.


Leigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Gretchen's picture

(post #65198, reply #8 of 19)

It really IS the hardest color to get right!


Actually "violet" is pretty purple, in the middle of the flower.


Gretchen
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Aberwacky's picture

(post #65198, reply #9 of 19)

Yes, violet is purple.  Why not call it purple?  The green I have is called "Leaf Green."  The blue is "Royal Blue." 


LEigh


"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."
-Leo Tolstoy
"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Marcia's picture

(post #65198, reply #10 of 19)

Leigh, if you receive any semi or even pseudo-upscale clothing catalogs, you will find that the food coloring names are simple indeed. The clothing companies make up new names each season, and you can't find a clue as to what the real color is in some cases without looking at a picture. It's wild. I suppose they think that the more esoteric names sell better...that's all I can figure.

Rae's picture

(post #65198, reply #11 of 19)

And names for paint colors! I'm looking at a sample now called Sweet Annie. It's a light green olive. Who would know?

Rae's picture

(post #65198, reply #14 of 19)

"It's a light green olive. Who would know?"

You would know!

Gretchen's picture

(post #65198, reply #15 of 19)

I just happen to love the name, and have had it in the yard. It's a great color for a corner.

Gretchen

Gretchen
Marcia's picture

(post #65198, reply #17 of 19)

It's beautiful, but I hadn't a clue. You have a lovely yard from the pictures you've posted in the spring.

Gretchen's picture

(post #65198, reply #18 of 19)

DH is the gardener--completely. I do get to choose plants, etc. Perfect!

Gretchen

Gretchen
Marcia's picture

(post #65198, reply #19 of 19)

I wish DH were a gardener, but sad to say neither of us is. DH's mother was a wonderful gardener, and so was my grandmother, who could grow anything, but we missed out on that gene or something.

Marcia's picture

(post #65198, reply #16 of 19)

The people who come up with the names don't know, either, I'll bet. I'd wager they look through gardening catalogs as one of their sources. lol.

Marcia's picture

(post #65198, reply #13 of 19)

Certainly not I. I picked up a catalog which was to hand and there were sweaters which were called "amaranth" which was no help at all to me. Googled amaranth and the sweaters don't even seem to be the right shade, but it is somewhat more descriptive that "Sweet Annie", for goodness sake. People get PAID to think up this stuff....