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Colouring for Icing, Etc.


  • 20 grains of cochineal powder
  • 20 grains of cream of tartar
  • 20 grains of powdered alum
  • 1 gill of cold soft water


To make a red colouring for icing. Take cochineal powder, cream of tartar, and powdered alum. Put them into cold soft water, and boil it very slowly till reduced to one half. Strain it through thin muslin, and cork it up for use. A very small quantity of this mixture will colour icing of a beautiful pink. With pink icing, white nonpareils should be used.


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Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats (1832).

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