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!
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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.
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
- 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