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How to Make Sage Green Icing or Frosting

How to Make Sage Green Icing or Frosting

Sage is one of those colors that may seem easy to make - but it's not! Sage is a complicated mix of greens, blues, grays, even yellows.

When we think about sage we think about a green/gray type of color, just like its namesake, sage leaves. The problem is that when mixing colors, we tend to end up with either a lighter or darker shade than the one that we want or need. Up next let’s discuss a few ways in which we can achieve a perfect shade of sage green.

These directions for making sage will work for all desserts including royal icing, buttercream, fondant, and cake batter.

What's color is sage green?

shade green vs pistachio

Sage is a light, earthy green color. It's not one color, but a term to describe a family of colors. Similar shades are pistachio green, avocado green, eucalyptus green, or olive green.

People have their own names for all these shades of green. If you're creating desserts for a customer and they have asked for sage, it's best to show them some color options so you are both on the same page.


How to make popular Sage Green Colors with Food Color


Making Sage Green Using Color Theory

Knowing that sage is a variety of green we can determine that some yellow and blue hues are part of it. However, sage more like a gray than an actual green we can infer there’s more yellow than blue in it. Going from that we could start by coloring our icing with a few drops of yellow and then less of the blue until we have a light green color. To tone it, it is recommended to use a tiny bit of red, brown, or gray.

I will number the alternatives you have when using our Essentials Gel colors food colors:

  1. Sunshine Yellow + True Blue + Royal Red Velvet: Make a light green icing using more yellow than blue, then start adding tiny drops of red.
  2. Succulent Green: This color by itself when used in small amounts makes a green very similar to sage.
  3. Succulent Green + Royal Red Velvet + Mushroom Gray: Mixing these colors in equal parts makes a mossy sage green.
  4. Gourmet Green + Royal Red Velvet: Make a light green icing using small amounts of food color, then start adding tiny drops of red.
  5. Gourmet Green + Totally Brown: Make a green Icing and the add a tiny bit of brown ata a time until desired color is achieved.
  6. Matcha Powder + Royal Red Velvet: Tint your Royal icing with matcha powder until you have a light green color, then start adding tiny drops of red.

Remember that the color will develop (get darker) as it dries

The key to achieving the right colors is to start with small amounts of icing, and after we color it, even if it looks a little lighter that what we want, if we bag the icing and let the color develop for several hours it will get darker.

Want 1-step sage green from a bottle?

Pick up a bottle of our Succulent Green gel food coloring. Made in the USA. You can get many shades from one color. 

succulent green gel color


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Natasha - March 27, 2024

This was so helpful!!! Thank you for this =)

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