How to Mix Mauve Buttercream Frosting: A Color Recipe

Mauve buttercream in a bowl

Oh, marvelous mauve. Mauve buttercream frosting is a great choice for a feminine cake that you want to look put together and dignified. It is a perfect alternative for those who love purple, but want a more mature look for their cake design. Some great ways to dress up a mauve buttercream cake would be adding metallic accents or a metallic drip, creating a watercolor effect with a cohesive color, adding simple monochrome rosettes, or even a shiny ribbon around the base. But, before we can start decorating, I need to show you how to mix mauve buttercream frosting. Let’s get started!

How to Mix Mauve Buttercream

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In this post I will share:

  • What you will need to mix your mauve buttercream
  • How to adjust this recipe to acheive the perfect shade of mauve for your cake design
  • My easy mauve buttercream color recipe

What You Will Need to Mix Mauve Buttercream Frosting

One of my biggest money saving tips is to mix your own colors. I will soon be sharing my system for creating any color you wish using only 5 bottles of food coloring and occasionally including cocoa powder. Every color mixing recipe that I share on this site is a part of this system. In the case of mixing mauve frosting, you will need the buttercream of your choice, cocoa powder, Americolor’s Fuschia, and Americolor’s Sky Blue.

Why Cocoa Powder?

You may be wondering why many of my color recipes contain cocoa powder. The reason that I use this is because it is a great way to darken my buttercream without adding too much food coloring. I was always told that, to make your buttercream black, you should start with a chocolate buttercream. That is such a wonderful tip, but it doesn’t just apply to black. You can use cocoa to darken other colors as well! Not only does it help save money by saving food coloring, but cocoa also helps to disguise the food coloring taste that you often get in darker colors.

This image shows a photo of a cake with mauve buttercream frosting.
Mauve and Pink Cake
mauve cake with silver accents
Mauve Cake

Making Adjustments for the Perfect Shade

If you are here to learn how to mix mauve buttercream frosting in the shade that you see in these photos, then you can skip this section altogether. Many may be looking for a similar shade of mauve, but not quite this exact one. In this section, I am going to walk through how you can alter this color to create darker or lighter versions, as well as warmer or cooler versions.

Adjusting Lighter and Darker

To mix a lighter version of the shade that you see here, you will want to add more buttercream. My suggestion would be to start with the mauve color recipe below, then add more uncolored buttercream until you reach the lighter shade that you are looking for. On the other hand, to create a darker shade, I would suggest starting out by halving the buttercream amount and using the food coloring and cocoa amounts in the recipe. This will create a very dark shade. You can then slowly add buttercream until you have reached your desired shade.

Adjusting Warmer and Cooler

You may also be looking for a warmer or cooler version of these colors. A warmer version means that it leans more towards yellow on the color wheel, and a cooler version would lean more towards blue on the color wheel. There are a few ways that you could create a warmer version of mauve. The simplest way to do this would be by slowly adding just a touch of yellow until you reach your desired tint. Conversely, a very simple way to create a cooler version of mauve would be to add a touch of Sky Blue until you have reached your desired tint.

How to Mix Mauve Buttercream Frosting

Mauve Color Recipe

How to mix mauve buttercream frosting
Course: Dessert
Author: Kymberly


  • 1 cup Buttercream
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder sifted
  • 13 drops Americolor Fuchsia
  • 2 drops Americolor Sky Blue


  • Prepare buttercream in a mixing bowl
  • Sift in cocoa powder
  • Add in Fuchsia food coloring
  • Add in Sky Blue food coloring
  • Stir by hand or with mixer


Your buttercream color may look lighter than expected at first.  If this occurs, allow it to sit for several hours or overnight to develop.  This is especially important for dark colors.
Results may vary slightly due to how colors look on screens, developing time, and other factors.  

14 thoughts on “How to Mix Mauve Buttercream Frosting: A Color Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Love these tips for making mauve buttercream! I didn’t know about adding cocoa powder to make darker frosting colors, but it makes perfect sense! My daughter’s the amateur baker in the family, so I’m sharing your tips with her 🙂

    1. Thank you! It’s such a great way to avoid too much food coloring. And it tastes good too! I hope you daughter enjoys the tips!

  2. This is brilliant! Mixing the cocoa powder in makes so much sense. I’ve always shied away from big vibrant colors on cakes because of the taste. Also, love this mauve — it looks so mysterious and moody and romantic!

    1. Thank you so much! I agree, food coloring really can add a bitter taste if too much is added. So glad you enjoyed the tip and the color!

  3. Absolutely love how this color turned out! Thank you for the Cocoa Powder tip! I’m going to use that trick next time I’m coloring something dark!

    1. I’m so glad you like the trick! The cocoa powder is a great way to avoid too much food coloring.

  4. 5 stars
    Love all of these tips! I’ve been mixing my own colors with gel food coloring for a while, but never know what I’m doing or get the color i want. Thank you for sharing!!

  5. 5 stars
    I never thought it was possible! Adding cocoa is such a great tip. Looking forward to your posts about tips for other colours. Thank you

    1. I REALLY love adding cocoa powder to add color. I love that it darkens my buttercream without adding more food coloring. …plus, I love chocolate!

  6. Laura Harvard

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for all your tips and tricks! What’s you buttercream recipe?

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