Tinting sugar

Photo: Alan Richardson

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The Sugar Shake
We love working with ingredients from the pantry. It makes cupcaking so easy. We take sugar, sprinkles and coconut from our cupboard shelves and tint them vibrant colors using neon food coloring right from the grocer's shelves. One of the ways we use the tinted sugar is to coat the sticky, cut side of marshmallows to create easy flower petals for our cupcake mums.

Use sanding sugar, decorating sugar, granulated sugar or coconut right from the pantry. Place the sugar in a resealable bag or snap-shut plastic container. Add a few drops of food coloring (preferably neon food colors), snap or zip the container shut and shake to create vibrant colors for decorating cupcakes. Spread the tinted sugar on a sheet of waxed paper to dry, and you are ready to decorate your cupcakes.

Get the recipe for Mum's the Word Cupcakes