Simple, all-natural options for dye-free pink frosting using fruits and vegetables, that can be used with any of your favorite frosting recipes!

Let’s make pretty pink frosting without the food coloring!

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Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

I’m fairly apathetic about Valentine’s Day (Kevin’s birthday is the day before, and the two of us are more into random acts of love + kindness throughout the year than forced ones on February 14th), BUT there’s something so undeniably fun about pink frosting to me.

So, in an attempt to spread a little extra love this year, I’m sharing some ideas for making your favorite frosting pink without using food coloring!

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

First, you’re going to need to start with white/vanilla frosting. Any will work (buttercream, cream cheese, powdered sugar icing for cookies, etc) for covering your favorite cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and brownies with a pretty layer of pink.

I used this frosting recipe for the pictures here, divided into four small bowls, and added more or less powdered sugar, as needed, to adjust for the liquid used to make it pink.

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Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

Here are four ways to make it happen:

Beets. Raw, shredded, and squeezed in your hands to get all that deep pink juice out. Just a few drops will give you a pale pink, and several tablespoons will deepen your frosting to a magenta hue. And no, it won’t make your frosting taste like beets, at all! Warning: doing this will most definitely turn your hands pink.

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

Freeze-dried strawberries. Ground into a fine powder in a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder (that’s been fully cleaned and dried so you don’t have coffee flavored strawberries!) and used in place of some of the powdered sugar in the frosting recipe. This results in a speckled pink color and mild strawberry flavor!

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

Blood Orange Juice. Squeeze, baby, squeeze. Aka: juice your orange and use a few teaspoons of that crimson juice for a pale bubblegum pink frosting. Since this is less potent, color-wise, than beet juice, you will need to use more to achieve anything more than the palest pink. Be sure your frosting is extra thick to start, or you sub some of the OJ for milk in the frosting, if your recipe calls for it.

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

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Fresh or frozen (defrosted) raspberries. Pour them into a fine mesh strainer and smash them with a spoon to get a pure, concentrated raspberry puree without any seeds, then just stir a few tablespoons into your frosting. This will give your frosting a deep pink color and subtle raspberry flavor.

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

And, if you’re in the market for some pretty pink sprinkles, freeze-dried fruit is my favorite! Just crush them in your fingers to get larger chunks, or grind them up for powdery, fairy-dust sprinkles. I used leftover freeze-dried strawberries here, but freeze-dried raspberries work beautifully, too! I find the best prices for freeze-dried fruit at Trader Joe’s, FYI.

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

I hope your week is full of love and lots of fluffy pink frosting!

Dye-Free Pink Frosting, Four Ways

If you try out any of these dye-free pink frostings on your Valentine’s Day treats, let me know how they turn out! Leave a comment below, or take a picture and share it with me on Instagram. Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

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