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How To: The Buttercream Color Guide

How To: The Buttercream Color Guide

Sugar cookies being frosted with yellow and rose buttercream

Our Chefs did it so that you don't have to! Achieve naturally colored and flavored buttercream with our convenient Dreidoppel flavor pastes, and skip the guesswork with our handy color chart to get the results you want every time. 

Natural Color and Flavor

    Available in more than 50 varieties, Dreidoppel's selection of natural, concentrated flavoring compounds are extremely versatile and offer genuine, unmistakable color and flavor in one convenient package. Made with natural ingredients like real fruit pieces, pulps, juices and extracts, you know what you're getting is the real deal. Offering an extensive range of classic and exotic flavors, Dreidoppel has over 100 years of experience producing fine fruit, nut, coffee and liquor flavorings for culinary professionals.

    Elderflower, Rose, and Lavender flavor pastes

    Pictured above: Rose, Elderflower and Lavender pastes featuring delicate floral flavors made with real botanical extracts.

    Cost and Convenience

    Our flavor pastes are extremely easy to use - simply follow the dosage on the package, or add a little extra for a stronger flavor. Instead of using conventional ingredients such as fruit which can prove to be a messy, expensive, and time-consuming endeavor in the kitchen (sieving for seeds, we're looking at you), you can simply use a small amount of these concentrated flavoring compounds while still achieving the look and flavor you want. Since a little goes a long way, it will save you both time and money in the kitchen.

    Furthermore, Dreidoppel's flavor pastes have a long shelf life, and are made without the use of artificial ingredients and preservatives. They provide both reliable and consistent quality, without having to worry about what's in season.

    Recommended by Chefs

    Sound too good to be true? Don't just take our word for it- see what our expert pastry chefs have to say about these time-saving superheroes: 

    "I love the entire Dreidoppel Flavor Paste line because I can add FLAVOR to anything that I am making! For example:

    • Flavor syrups for my iced tea drinks or Italian sodas
    • Flavored Vodka for making cocktails
    • Cookies, cake, frostings, mousses
    • Ice cream, gelato or sorbet
    • Vinaigrettes and savory sauces
    • Gummies
    • Truffles, flavored chocolate and other confections
    • Flavored fondant-WAY BETTER than traditional fondant!" 

    - Chef Joan Repato 

      "Flavor pastes are great for existing recipes to which you want to add a punch of flavor without altering the ratios of the other ingredients. Flavor pastes are powerful and very little needs to be added to get great results - think of using flavor pastes in buttercreams, cakes and cookies, confections, convenience mixes such as for pastry cream or mousse, and ice cream."

      - Pastry Chef Jessica Ellington

      Sugar Cookies frosted like fall leaves with flavored buttercream

      Pictured Above: Oak leaf shaped sugar cookies frosted with Pomegranate, Orange, and Apple Caramel Rum flavored buttercream.

      Using the Color Chart

      Not sure where to start? That's where our convenient color chart comes in handy! Simply pick your desired color from the chart and check the name and ratio (in grams) to create your own naturally colored and flavored buttercream!

      Download the Buttercream Color Chart here. 

      Looking for fool-proof results? See Chef Joan's Swiss Buttercream Recipe used for the color chart here.

      A range of Buttercream Swatches from green to purple

      Pictured Above: Some of the colors you can make using our Flavored Buttercream Color Chart.

      Inspired and Want to Learn More?

      Buttercream is only scratching the surface of what you can do with these convenient flavor pastes! Feeling inspired? Check out this article for 40 Ways to Use Flavor Paste.

      What's your favorite way to use flavor paste? We want to see your sweet style! Tag us on social @ifiGourmet with #GourmetSweets to get featured on our channels. Happy baking!

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