How to Make a Purple Cake
One of the members of the Carnivorous Plant Society was having her birthday on
the day out annual pot lick. I asked her what type of birthday cake she wanted
and she said "Purple".
It is a lot harder to make a purple cake than I thought. After messing up and
making the most horrendously colored cake imaginable (which tasted fine and got
consumed despite to color), I learned from my mistakes and made a second cake
that was a lovely shade of purple. To help you avoid the mistakes I made, I put together the following list.
Dos and Don'ts
- Do start with a white cake mix (or a white cake recipe if you are really ambitious).
- Don't use whole eggs, even it the package says the cake will still be white if you use them.
- Do use only egg whites if any eggs are needed.
- Don't mix red and blue food coloring to make purple. The result is always
- Do buy and use purple food coloring.
- Don't use too much food coloring (unless you like to flavor of food
- Do make the icing a darker purple than the cake. The contrest make the
cake look more purple and since there is a lot less icing than cake, the flavor
of the food coloring is not as significant.