What Colors Make Rose Gold Icing?

What Colors Make rose gold icing

So, what colors make rose gold icing? To get the rose gold icing color, you will have to mix either Rose, brown, shimmer (optional) together or Gold, silver, red. However, rose gold is often described as a subtle gold with tints of pink, as the metal is made of a combination of gold, copper, and silver.

To get a rose gold icing color, you will need 2 parts Red-Red & 1/2 part Kelly Green & 1/2 part Pink.

Rose Gold Icing

The rose gold trend has taken color enthusiasts and bakers by storm.

Rose gold is warm, modern, and a softer version of a metallic trend that makes for striking visuals in baked goods.

Depending on your ingredients and colors that you have available, there are a few ways you can create your very own rose gold icing to decorate with.

The same basic ingredients will be needed for all the rose gold icing options: food coloring, a white icing base, and something to help portion and mix your icing batches.

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Preparation: Basics

Frosting or icing? These two terms are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference between the two.

Frosting is typically used to cover and decorate cakes and cupcakes, while icing is used for decoration and often used to decorate cookies.

When you think of a cake, there is typically a layer of thick, fluffy, sweet coating on the outside. It may also be present between layers of cake. This is called frosting.

Frosting is made by whipping butter and granulated sugar together until they create an aerated, soft fluffy texture that can be spread and coat on cakes.

As icing is usually used on cookies, imagine a highly decorative sugar cookie with a slightly glossy finish.

Icing can dry hard, like the decorative shapes on a sugar cookie, or be a softer glaze, such as the finish on a cinnamon roll.

The firmest version of icing is fondant, which is a thick paste-like sheet that can be cut and molded like clay and can also be painted with food colors.

Icing also uses sugar, but begins with confectioners (or powdered) sugar, and is mixed with a liquid (milk, cream, liquor, lemon juice) to create a thin, sweet coat that can then be applied to the baked goods.

Color Mixing

Creating the perfect rose gold color for your frosting or icing can be achieved a few different ways. This guide will specifically refer to icing only, but the same techniques can be applied to create rose gold frosting.

When attempting to achieve the perfect rose gold, shades can range anywhere from soft pink with a hint of gold to a copper-heavy gold with pink or red undertones.

Icing colors and gel colors are highly pigmented, and it is advised to use a toothpick to add additional color to keep the balance and tone of what you are looking for.

There are color card charts available, but for the best tone and color, keep the color wheel in mind.

Red is a primary color, and with a bit of white, becomes pink. This warmth is critical to achieving the rose gold component.

However, the metallic gold element can be a bit more difficult to achieve, as metallic colors are not part of the color wheel.

To achieve the gold hues, peruse the options below and test them out on your baked goods to see which result you are most pleased with.

For all the coloring options listed, note that each icing batch will begin as a whiteish color.

Option 1

Food colors needed: Rose, brown, shimmer (optional)

This option is perhaps one of the simplest and provides a level of warmth and tone that hints at the gold notes.

Beginning with the prepared white icing, add in rose to achieve a soft but rich pink color. Add small increments of brown until the amount of rose to brown is an equal ratio. This will develop the warmth and metallic undertones present in rose gold.

While this color is rich, it lacks a bit of the shimmer that makes metallic tones pop. If desired, you can add a bit of edible glitter to the mix or add metallic touches (such as dragees or powder) to the final product.

Option 2

Food colors needed: Gold, electric/neon pink, chocolate brown

This recipe for rose gold is straightforward, and works for both frosting and icing, though the shimmer may be less present in frosting.

Beginning with the prepared white icing, add in equal parts of gold, pink, and brown. You may wish to use an eyedropper or a toothpick to ensure equal portioning.

Mix thoroughly until the desired color is achieved.

Option 3

Food colors needed: Gold, silver, red

This rose gold recipe relies heavily on the use of the metallic food colors to achieve the result. The addition of red adds warmth and the desired rosiness.

Beginning with the prepared white icing, add in 5 parts of gold color, 3 parts silver, and 1 part red.

The ratios here are a bit different, so watch your mixture closely and add in additional color sparingly to achieve the perfect shimmer.

If the icing becomes too far from the color you would like, it is always advisable to add in more white to mute the brightness of color and create more of a clean slate.

Options 4 ; 5

No gold? Use equal parts black and white to create grey, then add in a bit of yellow to give it the deeper, warmer tone like gold. You may need to add a bit more white icing to give it some sheen and shimmer.

Additionally, you can also achieve rose gold icing by using 2 parts red, ½ part kelly green, and ½ pink. Mix thoroughly and, if needed, add more white icing to bring out the metallic aspects.


Depending on how you want to make your cake or what colors you have available, you can mix up your own rose gold icing for decorating.

Remember that while these recipes will work for both icing and frosting, there is a bit of a difference in the recipes and your results may vary.

These icings can be used to decorate cookies, added in to make a vibrant frosting, or used to paint edible details on fondant or other desserts.

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