This year as I turn all of my kids’ food green for St. Patrick’s Day I’m doing something I’ve never done before — using homemade, natural green food coloring made from spinach. Yep, spinach. I decided to make my first foray into the world of natural food coloring with buttercream frosting, and it was a success!
The color is noticeably more muted than when I use artificial food coloring, but the frosting is really pretty and completely chemical free, so I’m all for it. And, believe it or not, the frosting does not in any way taste like spinach!
I think we’ll use our buttercream frosting on shamrock-shaped sugar cookies. Or maybe cinnamon rolls. Or maybe stuffed French toast. There are just too many delicious options for this leprechaun-friendly frosting!
All Natural Green Buttercream Frosting
- 8 tablespoons butter, softened to room temerature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup natural green food coloring
In a stand mixer or with a hand blender, beat together the butter, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of the green food coloring (start on low speed and increase the speed as the frosting comes together). Add the last 4 tablespoons of the food coloring one tablespoon at a time, to ensure your frosting doesn’t get too runny. The total amount of food coloring used for the recipe should be right around 1/2 cup, but it’s still good to add gradually to make sure you get the right texture. Beat until everything is well mixed and you have a good, frosting texture.