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Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting: Expert Tips for Brilliant Color

Spring is a season of vibrant colors and fresh beginnings, making it the perfect time to add a splash of creativity to your baking. Whether you’re decorating cupcakes, cookies, or cakes, Wilton’s gel-based icing colors are your go-to solution for achieving beautifully hued buttercream frosting. With a spectrum of shades to choose from and expert tips to guide you, Wilton helps you transform your desserts into stunning works of art.

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Wilton’s Expert Tips for Brilliantly Hued Buttercream Frosting

Here are some expert tips from Wilton to ensure your buttercream is as visually stunning as it is delicious!

1. Choose the Right Color Palette: Select from Wilton’s extensive range of gel-based icing colors that offer a spectrum of shades. Whether you’re aiming for pastels or bold hues, Wilton has you covered.

2. Start with a Small Amount: A little goes a long way! Begin by adding a small amount of icing color to your frosting with a toothpick and gradually increase until you achieve the desired shade. This allows you to have better control over the intensity of the color.

3. Mix Thoroughly for Uniformity: To avoid streaks or uneven coloring, thoroughly mix the icing color. Use a spatula for the best results. This ensures a consistent color throughout your frosting.

4. Experiment with Color Combinations: Wilton icing colors are mixable, allowing you to create custom shades effortlessly. Feel free to experiment with different color combinations to achieve unique and eye-catching effects. We have a greatWilston icing color chart link to help you get the vibrant hue you want!

5. Coloring Different Consistencies: Wilton icing colors are versatile and can be used for buttercream, royal icing, fondant, and more. Experiment with various consistencies and discover an incredible range of possibilities.

Buttercream Frosting Recipe:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Wilton gel-based icing color

Making buttercream frosting


  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the sifted confectioners’ sugar, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the heavy cream or milk, vanilla extract, and a small amount of Wilton gel-based icing color.
  4. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Tips and Tricks for Using Wilton Gel:

  • For a deep, vibrant color, use a toothpick to add the gel-based icing color to your frosting. You can always add more, but it’s harder to lighten the color once it’s too dark.
  • If you’re aiming for a pastel shade, start with a tiny amount of gel color and gradually add more until you reach the desired hue.
  • To avoid staining your hands, use gloves when working with gel-based icing colors, especially for darker shades.
  • Store any leftover buttercream frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Allow it to come to room temperature and re-whip before using.


With Wilton’s gel-based icing colors and these expert tips, you can create beautifully hued buttercream frosting that will impress everyone at your spring gatherings. So, let your creativity flourish and create desserts that are not only delicious but also visually stunning!

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