Get just the right shade of navy blue for your cakes and cupcakes with this guide on how to make navy blue buttercream frosting.

Great for winter cakes, birthday cakes, elegant wedding treats and more, navy blue frosting is sure to make your treats stand out. From light blue cupcakes, perfect for baby or wedding showers, to dark navy cakes that make for a striking wedding dessert, an accent of navy blue frosting is a stylish way to decorate your desserts.

Whether you need a light or dark color, we’re here to show you how to use Color Right base colors or traditional icing colors to get just the right shade of navy blue!

Food Coloring Light Medium Dark
Color Right Concentrated Food Coloring 1 cup white buttercream + 13 drops Blue + 4 drops Red + 2 drops Pink 1 cup white buttercream + 26 drops Blue + 8 drops Red + 4 drops Pink 1 cup white buttercream + 52 drops Blue + 16 drops Red + 8 drops Pink
Royal Blue, Black and Violet Icing Colors 1 cup white buttercream + 1/4 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/8 teaspoon Black and 1/8 teaspoon Violet icing colors 1 1/4 cup white buttercream + 3/8 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/4 teaspoon Black and 1/4 teaspoon Violet icing colors 1 cup white buttercream + 3/4 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/2 teaspoon Black and 1/2 teaspoon Violet icing colors

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

Color Right Concentrated Food Coloring

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

Navy blue is not included in the base colors but can be created by mixing Blue, Red and Pink base colors together.

Light Navy Blue: 1 cup white buttercream + 13 drops Blue + 4 drops Red + 2 drops Pink

Medium Navy Blue: 1 cup white buttercream + 26 drops Blue + 8 drops Red + 4 drops Pink

Dark Navy Blue: 1 cup white buttercream + 52 drops Blue + 16 drops Red + 8 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.

Navy blue is not included in the collection of gel icing colors but can be created by mixing Royal Blue, Black and Violet icing colors together.

Light Navy Blue – 1 cup white buttercream + 1/4 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/8 teaspoon Black + 1/8 teaspoon Violet icing colors

Medium Navy Blue – 1 1/4 cup white buttercream, 3/8 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/4 teaspoon Black + 1/4 teaspoon Violet icing colors

Dark Navy Blue – 1 cup white buttercream, 3/4 teaspoon Royal Blue + 1/2 teaspoon Black + 1/2 teaspoon Violet icing colors

Helpful Hints:

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

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

How to Make Navy Frosting

Get just the right shade of navy blue for your cakes and cupcakes with this guide on how to make navy blue buttercream frosting.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 1 cup

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatulas
  • Toothpicks

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup white buttercream, small amount Royal Blu and medium amount Black and Violet icing colors. Mix well.

Notes

For a deeper navy blue, try making your buttercream from scratch. Our buttercream frosting recipe is easy to color and tastes delicious!
If possible, make your navy blue frosting a day or two ahead of time. The color will deepen as it sets.
When mixing colors, make sure to use a toothpick to add just a little bit at a time to achieve the exact shade of navy blue you’re after.
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