Around here, it's all been about the 2014 PANTONE Colour of the Year, Radiant Orchid. It's really a delicious colour. It's even more delicious when it's made of batter, buttercream, and coordinating sanding sugar. Who knew Saucy would have this perfect shade on hand?
Let's just take a moment to admire the almost-exact match of sprinkles to paint chip, shall we?
Strawberry-almond cupcakes get a boost of colour when they get tinted to match a swatch like this. Saucy picked up about fourteen bottles of AmeriColor Softgel food colouring at her favourite baking supply store in January. This perfect PANTONE shade was achieved by mixing drops of fuchsia, electric pink, electric purple and deep pink (a wee bit at a time) until it looked just right. Gel food colouring is very potent stuff, and you can't take it out... so proceed with caution. Better to add in very tiny increments and build up your shade than be left with a hideous mess.
Okay, there were a few times in the process where it looked hideous but it turned out perfectly. Keep in mind that professional dyes deepen as the food sits (sometimes up to 25%) so they really were just right in the end.
Because it's such a happy shade, there were also some RACs (random act of cupcakes) at the doors of friends that same night. Who wouldn't want to open their front door to find this?
There's more purple on the horizon. Saucy has a fairly entertaining story for you about the bathroom renovation that was completed here last week.
Poor Veto. He needs a purple cupcake.