Natural Pink Food Coloring – Use Beets!

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This is barely a recipe, it’s so simple! Whether you are trying to be fully natural or maybe you need to be super careful about food allergies in your baking, making natural food coloring from foods is a great option!  This recipe will yield enough food coloring to dye 1 cake’s worth of frosting a light pink.  Of course the yield will vary based on the size and freshness of your beet, so have a few on hand if you want a darker pink color.


1 fresh red beet


  1. Boil 1 beet in water until you can easily pierce with a fork.
  2. Allow the beet to cool off so that it can be easily handled.
  3. Peel your beet with a vegetable peeler
  4. Grate your beet to a fine shred
  5. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. 
  6. Place your shredded beet into the strainer and using a spoon, squeeze the beet shreds so that the juice is released into the bowl.
  7. Your natural pink food coloring is ready!

Try this coloring with my American Butter Cream recipe or Coconut Cream Vegan Buttercream recipe.