How to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing

Dusty rose is a light pink color that can be difficult to achieve with food coloring. The best way to achieve this shade of dusty rose is by using 4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup butter, two tablespoons of milk, or cream. Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get the desired consistency.

The dusty rose color is a beautiful pastel pink that can be used in various ways. Some people use it to create the perfect cupcake icing, while others use it for their wedding cake. This post will show you how to make dusty rose color icing with the help of some natural food coloring and powdered sugar.

How to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing

8 Benefits of Using Dusty Rose Color Icing:

1. When you start icing your cake with the dusty rose color, it will give your decorated cake a finishing and utterly professional look.

2. Dusty rose is a kind of warm color that is slightly lighter than magenta.

3. It can be applied with a dry brush on marzipan or rolled fondant too. Dab it over the dried cake with a wet paintbrush.

4. If you are fond of creating unique designs like flowers, leaves, etc., then dusty rose is the only color that will give it a perfect look without making it too bright.

5. Dusty rose can also be used on different desserts like macarons or cupcakes due to its light color.

6. Dusty rose looks beautiful when used with pastel colors like pink, yellow, and green.

7. It is a good color for Holiday cakes or wedding cakes also, especially in combination with white or silver color frosting.

8. If you want to create some special effects on fondant, the dusty rose color will be perfect.

Step by Step Guide: How to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing

Step Guide to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing

Here is the easy step-by-step guide for making this fantastic dusty rose color icing:

Step 1:

Take 1 ½ teaspoon of glycerin and add five tablespoons of water to it in a small bowl. Stir well with a spoon till all ingredients are mixed well. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Step 2:

Add two tablespoons of Wilton purple gels to the water mixture and stir well with a spoon. Let the mixture sit for five minutes.

Step 3:

Now, take one tablespoon of Wilton dark rouge food colors gel and add it to the mixture. Mix well with a spoon till all ingredients are mixed well.

Step 4:

Dusty rose color icing is now ready for use. You can use it on your cakes or cupcakes for a different look.

Step 5:

If you are applying this icing on top of your cake, you must thin down this mixture with some water or milk until it reaches the perfect liquid consistency. However, if you are using it as a dry brush technique, then the texture of the icing must be thick, and it should not get thinned.

Step 6:

You can store this icing in an airtight container at room temperature for a week or so. Ensure that you do not add any water while keeping the icing. If you add water, it may become a jelly-like texture that will not be suitable for the icing.

Step 7:

The dusty rose color is versatile and can be combined with other colors, such as sky blue, light violet, etc., to create different pastel colors.

Some Tips and Tricks:

Dust rose can be used to paint flowers

1. Buy a few shades of red/pink food colors. Melt the gel in a microwave-safe bowl or pate jar using low heat, about 10 seconds at a time. Add cream to the melted gel and mix well with a wooden spoon. Mixing well will make it easier for you to paint, and the cream will also prevent it from drying up.

2. Use a rubber spatula or egg beater to mix well.

3. To color icing, dip a toothpick in melted dust rose and paint the desired area on the frosted cake/cupcake both front and backside (if applicable). Let it dry for several hours until the color is distinct and there are no longer any glossy spots.

4. Dust Rose color icing will dry out after a while to be stored in a tightly-closed container for up to 3 days. You may need to add more cream when mixing this if it dries up too much.

5. Dust rose has high color saturation, so you only need a little to achieve full color.

6. Dust rose can be used to paint flowers, decorations, words, or other embellishments on cakes and cupcakes.

7. You can also use gel colors for brushing onto fondant icing sheets to make sugar paste dye to create dust rose color pastes. For cake decorating, use dust rose color paste as a base to create flowers and other embellishments. 

Things to Know When Using Dusty Rose Color Icing:

Things to Know When Using Dusty Rose Color Icing

1. It is best not to mix Dusty Rose Color Icing with other colors because it may cause icing discoloration.

2. To avoid clumping dust-rose color, keep it away from humidity and store it in a cool place.

3. Use only a soft brush or pastry bag for dusting-rose color to avoid clumping.

4. If the dust-rose color hardens after opening, place it in a heatproof bowl, immerse the bowl in hot water for at least 1 minute, stir until it becomes fluid, or use a microwave oven.

5. Do not heat dust-rose color in a container without water for more than 30 minutes, or it will harden and create smoke.

6. Dust-rose color icing is only recommended for cookies since it may cause clumping if applied on buttercream, fondant, cream cheese, or cream fillings.

Where Can You Use Dusty Rose Color Icing?

Your kitchen may be the first place you think of when you think of decorating your baked goods with color icing, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only place you can use it. Dusty rose color icing is often used to design invitations and handmade cards because of its delicate nature. It can even be used to draw on postage stamps!

Do You Need Special Tools to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing?

Do You Need Special Tools to Make Dusty Rose Color Icing

The recipe for dusty rose icing calls for the standard baking and decorating tools, such as a pastry bag and piping tips, but you can also use an offset spatula to spread the icing on your baked goods. You’ll find that the color seems lighter once applied evenly to whatever you are decorating.

The ingredients needed to make dusty rose color icing are powdered sugar, liquid red food coloring, and light corn syrup. Adding liquid saffron or vanilla may change the color slightly but will not affect how it tastes. You do not need an emulsifier such as egg white or cream of tartar because you are not trying to make whipped icing.


Dusty rose is an excellent color for icing because it pairs well with chocolate and vanilla flavors. Keep this in mind when you’re picking out your cake flavor! Now that we’ve explored how to make dusty rose color icing, you should be a pro at making dusting rose color icing.

It’s been my pleasure to share with you these best practices for creating the perfect shade of dusty rose! I hope they have helped and that your next cake will be as beautiful and delicious. The recipe is just a suggestion and can be altered based on the colors or flavors that work best for you. Happy baking!

Jennifer Branett
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