How to Dye Eggs With Whipped Cream & Food Coloring
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This idea was inspired by a similar recipe for shaving cream easter eggs! We’ve replaced shaving cream with whipped cream as a medium for awesome tye-dyed eggs! The idea of soaking our food in shaving cream.. just didn’t sit well with me.
Consider this fact (here comes my geeky-ness of my biology background):
An egg shell is a semi-permiable membrane meaning that although it contains the egg, things can (and do) pass through the shell into the egg. An egg shell can allow particles such as carbon dioxide and oxygen to pass through.. and I’d guess bits of shaving cream ingredients too!
Now, if you look at the ingredients in a can of shaving cream… I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t eat most of it! This recipe was created as a safer, tastier alternative to shaving cream easter eggs!
These produce very cool pastel colored eggs with unique swirls and patterns. The coloring is not vibrant once the whipped cream is rinsed off.
Whipped Cream Dyed Eggs
- 1 large can or large tub of extra-creamy whipped cream or whipped topping such as Cool Whip
- GEL food coloring (or liquid) Gel works better and makes a brighter egg
- Desired amount of hard boiled eggs to dye
- Vinegar (Important. See below)
- Spray or spread the whipped cream or whipped topping in a large baking dish or baking pan with sides.
- Add food coloring
- If using liquid coloring, mix food coloring with a couple of drops of vinegar. Drip food coloring liberally over the whipped cream, keeping a space of about 1 inch between drops.
- If using gel coloring, mix a little bit of gel coloring with a few drops of vinegar. Drip food coloring liberally over the whipped cream, keeping space between drops. Swirl slightly with a toothpick swirl bits of gel throughout the whipped cream.
- Use a spoon to swirl the colors around the whipped cream. Don’t mix it up too much, you want dramatic swirls of color!
- Pour vinegar into a bowl. Submerge eggs in vinegar for about 2 minutes. Remove from vinegar and dry with a paper towel.
- Roll your eggs in the colored cream, using the end of the spoon to nudge them. One complete roll is best, that way the colors don’t get muddy.
- Let your eggs sit for at least 10 minutes, letting the food coloring do its magic. The longer you let them sit, the brighter your dyed eggs will be. Half an hour would probably be the longest they should sit for food safety!
- Gently wipe your eggs clean with a paper or cloth towel or rinse them quickly under cool water.
- Paper towel or toilet paper rolls cut into 1 inch rounds work perfectly as holders for your beautiful eggs after they’ve been dyed, during proud photo ops, and before they get eaten or put away! :)
Note: A couple of things to note about this method! The longer you leave the eggs, the darker the color. This method of dying eggs does produces a more pastel color. (However, using gel color does produce a darker color!) Some of the color will seep through onto the egg white (which is why I used whipped cream instead of shaving cream!).
How much dye to vinegar? What does the vinegar do?
Just a few drops. The vinegar helps the color adhere to the egg shells.
Trying this out today! Does it matter… White vinegar versus apple cider vinegar? Thanks so much, Happy Easter!
I’ve only every used white vinegar for this but I’m almost certain that apple cider vinegar would work. Have fun and happy Easter!
Has anyone tried this method minus the vinegar on egg whites? I want to make tie dye type egg whites. I have seen where you crack the egg shell and soak in dye but I thought the swirl patter might be fun to try. Since I would be cracking the egg shells before dying them do you think the cool whip would affect the flavor later when I go to make deviled eggs?
I haven’t tried it but perhaps instead of cool whip (which is sweet) you could try it with unsweetened whipped cream.
I am not sure what difference that would make since you are not actually eating the cool whip, and you peel the shell off the egg before you eat the egg? So you would not be consuming the sugar anyway.
My mom let me invite my cousin over and we did this today it was really fun!
I am so glad your family had fun with this Chloe!
We did the process just as instructed and they came out really good
So glad you loved it
Worked perfectly. Eggs were beautifully colored. I used gel and liquid coloring. Also my kids wore gloves which helped with the mess.
Gloves is a great idea!
We dyed our eggs today using this method. Loved it. They are so pretty. The one thing I didn’t like was how many paper towels we ended up using to dry the vinegar off the eggs and get the cool whip off the eggs. Anyhow, I will probably be sharing pictures on my blog when I share this for Wordless Wednesday, and I will be linking back to your post. Thanks for the great idea!
You’re welcome! Glad you loved the activity Karen!