Making cakes or cupcakes for a Halloween party? Get the perfect shade of purple for your baked treats with this guide on how to make purple buttercream frosting.

Purple frosting has the potential to make any treat stand out! From deep purple cupcakes for Halloween to bright violet buttercream flowers for Easter, a little accent of purple is all you need to brighten up your desserts.

Whether you need a deep, dark shade or a soft pastel color, we’re here to show you how to get just the right purple for your project. From Color Right base colors to traditional icing colors, we’ll show you how to create the perfect purple buttercream in no time!

For Coloring Large Amounts of Frosting (1 Cup or More)

Light Medium Dark
Color Right Concentrated Food Coloring 2 cups white buttercream + 2 drops Blue + 6 drops Pink 2 cups white buttercream + 3 drops Blue + 9 drops Pink 2 cups white buttercream + 8 drops Blue + 24 drops Pink
Violet Icing Color 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Violet icing color 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Violet icing color 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Violet icing color
Violet and Burgundy Icing Colors 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Violet and Burgundy icing colors 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Violet icing color and tiny amount Burgundy icing color 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Violet icing color and small amount Burgundy icing color
Violet and Rose Icing Colors 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Rose and Violet icing colors 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Rose icing color and tiny amount Violet icing color 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Rose icing color and small amount Violet icing color

Color Right Concentrated Food Coloring

Featuring ultra-concentrated colors in squeezable bottles, Color Right food coloring will give you the right shade of purple without compromising consistency.

Purple is not included in the base colors but can be created by mixing Blue and Pink base colors together.

Light Purple: 2 cups white buttercream + 2 drops Blue + 6 drops Pink

Medium Purple: 2 cups white buttercream + 3 drops Blue + 9 drops Pink

Dark Purple: 2 cups white buttercream + 8 drops Blue + 24 drops Pink

Icing Colors

Icing colors are a great way to tint your buttercream. Be sure to use a clean teaspoon or toothpick to add color to your frosting.

Our Violet icing color can be used as is or mixed with other shades to produce lighter or darker purples.

Violet Icing Color

Light Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Violet icing color

Medium Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Violet icing color

Dark Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Violet icing color

Violet and Burgundy Icing Colors

Light Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Violet and Burgundy icing colors

Medium Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Violet icing color and tiny amount Burgundy icing color

Dark Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Violet icing color and small amount Burgundy icing color

Violet and Rose Icing Colors

Light Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + tiny amount Rose and Violet icing colors

Medium Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + small amount Rose icing color and tiny amount Violet icing color

Dark Purple: 1 cup white buttercream frosting + medium amount Rose icing color and small amount Violet icing color

For Small Amounts of Icing (Less than 1 Cup)

If you need less than 1 cup of purple buttercream for your project, we suggest using one of our pre-colored purple icing pouches or tubes. We have a couple varieties to best suit your needs.

Violet Icing Pouch with Tips

This icing pouch also includes two decorating tips (round and star tip) for easy and convenient decorating.

Violet Ready-to-Use Icing Tube

This tube is like having a decorating bag filled with icing ready to go! Simply use a coupler to attach any standard-sized Wilton decorating tip to the end of this tube and you’re ready to decorate.

Helpful Hints:

For deeper purples, try making your buttercream from scratch. Our buttercream frosting recipe is easy to color and tastes delicious!

If possible, make your purple frosting a day or two ahead of time. The color will deepen as it sets.

For a unique effect, try spraying your decorated treats with Violet Color Mist food coloring spray.

How to Make Purple Frosting

Get the perfect shade of purple for your baked treats with this guide on how to make purple buttercream frosting.
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup White buttercream frosting
  • Small bowl
  • Toothpicks
  • Violet Icing Color
  • Burgundy Icing Color
  • Spatula

Instructions
 

  • Place 1 cup of buttercream frosting in a small bowl.
  • Using a clean toothpick to add a medium amount of Violet icing color. With a second clean toothpick add a small amount of Burgundy icing color.
  • Mix thoroughly using a spatula until reached desired shade.

Notes

  • Be sure to use a clean teaspoon or toothpick to add color to your frosting. This will keep your icing color fresh for your next decorating project.
  • If possible, make your purple frosting a day or two ahead of time. The color will deepen as it sets.
  • Play around with the food coloring amounts to get the perfect shade of purple!
Keyword purple buttercream, purple frosting, purple icing

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