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    Colored Powdered Sugar???

    Is it possible to make colored powdered sugar? I have tried searching the boards and the web, but I haven't had any luck. Has anyone tried this before? Is it even possible?

    Thanks in advance.

    -Anna
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    I was tinting coconut last weekend and came across this in my search for directions...

    From: http://www.baking911.com/decorating_...ar&coconut.htm

    It is possible to dye powdered sugar in two forms.
    TINT: Supplies - Assorted food coloring and 1/2 lb. Confectioners Sugar. To Make - Place confectioners sugar in a blender. Make a small well in the center and place a drop of food coloring into the well. Blend until sugar is evenly tinted.
    PETAL DUST: For dry powdered sugar, there is a wonderful product sold in cake decorating stores called Petal Dust, a very concentrated powdered color that comes in small plastic pots. The range of color is enormous and you use a toothpick to transfer a tiny amount of the Petal Dust to one cup or so of powdered sugar at a time. Stir with the toothpick and add Petal Dust until a desired shade is achieved. The powdered sugar may then be sprinkled over the surface for decoration or over a stencil.

    Not sure if it works, but hope it helps!

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    Cool! I may use this to jazz up the easter cake! I feel the need for pretty pastel colors.

    --Kristin
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    Thank you so much. I had never heard of petal dust, but now I have an idea of what to look for.

    My intent for the colored powdered sugar was to jazz up some lovely Easter treats. It would be a lovely way to celebrate the holiday. And I can't wait to get baking again (I gave up sweets for Lent).

    Thanks again.
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    Petal dust may be a little hard to find unless you have a cake decorating store nearby (I don't think Michaels carries it) - it similar to luster dust. I hadn't heard of mixing it with powder sugar before - the common use is on chocolate - you brush it on directly to add a tint or mix with alcohol to get better coverage. Here's a link from the store where I take chocolate classes - Do It With Icing

    You might try looking for colored sanding or crystal sugar (thick crystals - try Michaels or King Arthur) or just coloring your icing (use colors made specifically for icing and not food coloring). A lot of grocery stores are carrying a spray can from Betty Crocker or Micheals carries a similar product made by wilton. It gives you the same effect as an air sprayer without having to buy the equipement and colors - although it is a lot messier (make sure you protect surround areas). I've seen it in blue, green, pink and yellow. ).Betty Crocker product

    I bought some small sugar eggs (about the size of red hots) that I used to sprinkle on a cake. They were egg shaped but it may be easier to find the flat type (grocery store, Michaels, etc

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    Thanks for the tip on the petal dust. I guess I will forget about going that route.

    I don't want to use the colored powdered sugar for icing, just dusting so the spray won't work. Thanks though for the advice.

    -Anna
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    I just colored some powdered sugar for Russian Tea cakes I am making for a baby shower. I used liquid food coloring and had to stop blending a few times to mix the food coloring and sugar between my fingers to form little clumps..then blend again. It turned out fine.

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    LorAnn Oils has some basic powdered food color for a reasonable price--

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