How to Dye Eggs With Whipped Cream (A safer alternative to Shaving Cream Easter Eggs)

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How to dye Eggs With Whipped Cream (Not shaving cream!) #Easter This is a better alternative to shaving cream Easter eggs leaving the eggs edible!

How to Dye Eggs With Whipped Cream & Food Coloring

How to dye Eggs With Whipped Cream (Not shaving cream!) #Easter This is a better alternative to shaving cream Easter eggs leaving the eggs edible!

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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)

How to dye Eggs With Whipped Cream (Not shaving cream!) #Easter This is a better alternative to shaving cream Easter eggs leaving the eggs edible!

Directions:

  1. Spray or spread the whipped cream or whipped topping in a large baking dish or baking pan with sides.
  2. Add food coloring
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
  3. Use a spoon to swirl the colors around the whipped cream. Don’t mix it up too much, you want dramatic swirls of color!
  4. Pour vinegar into a bowl.  Submerge eggs in vinegar for about 2 minutes.  Remove from vinegar and dry with a paper towel.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Gently wipe your eggs clean with a paper or cloth towel or rinse them quickly under cool water.
  8. 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!).

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

94 comments on “How to Dye Eggs With Whipped Cream (A safer alternative to Shaving Cream Easter Eggs)”

  1. 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?

  2. My mom let me invite my cousin over and we did this today it was really fun!

  3. We did the process just as instructed and they came out really good

  4. Worked perfectly.  Eggs were beautifully colored.  I used gel and liquid coloring.  Also my kids wore gloves which helped with the mess.

  5. 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!

  6. This was an epic fail.

  7. My daughter and I had a great time making these ! I have one question, can we still use the cool whip ? Yes we love our cool whip LOL

  8. Here is the process I used: Soaking in vinegar helped. Don’t be shy with the dye. Use a cupcake tin and fill each cup with whipped cream and add at least 15 drops of dye to each cup (maybe gel would have been more effective). Swirl minimally to keep multiple colors separate. Drop egg in and spin it. I put the cupcake tin in the fridge so I could let them sit longer. Then I forgot about them, so it was more like 2 hours. They came out beautiful, but definitely pastel. Super fun for my 5 year old. Having the cupcake tin was key.

  9. Ours turned out awesome! Better than expected- and the kids loved making them.  People are saying that it’s a long wait time, but I don’t think it’s any longer than the dip dye process.  With dip dye, the kids had to wait around for one batch to dye before they could do another.  With this, they could do all the dying, then go play for 20-30 mins while they set.  We will definitely revisit this method in future years.

    We removed our eggs from the fridge and placed them directly into a cake pan, where we covered them with vinegar.  They soaked 3-5 minutes.  We did not add vinegar to the food colors.  Each of my kids got a pie pan full of store brand whipped cream and they added about 20 total drops of gel color each.  We let the eggs sit for 30 minutes before wiping off color with a paper towel and finishing with a quick dip in a cup of luke warm water.   

    The resulting colors were very vivid in places and pastel-ish in other areas- just the marbled affect we were hoping for.

    • So glad that you enjoyed the time with your kids and that you loved the results!! Happy Easter to you and your family.

  10. Just a warning to anyone who has the natural vegetable dye (i.e. Watkins brand) as the dye didn’t soak in…luckily had saved the pan with cream and we redid it with the regular artificial dye and worked great!

  11. Great fun, kids (6 & 4) had a blast! They were way more engaged doing it this way than last year with the store-bought tablet dyes. Will definitely be doing this again next year!

  12. Tried this method this morn. Turned out perfect. Will probably do this method from now on. A little messy, but definitely worth it.

  13. Ours turned out great!!

  14. I wonder if this will work with the fake eggs you can buy for decorating. Would they need vinegar too? Thanks 

  15. I just try it it was fun but the eggs were not very colored what I do wrong

  16. Do u use more than one color in the cool whip

  17. What a great idea! Could this be done using homemade whipped cream? I have whipping cream in the fridge but no cool whip. 

  18. Any idea if this will work on dyable plastic eggs?

  19. Does it make a difference if I use store bought or homemade whipped cream?

  20. We did this today with some special needs individuals and it turned out great. We used neon colors and they turned out beautiful. Thank you for this 

  21. Help! Whipping cream does not want to come off the egg when dipping in into a bowl of warm water. I would wipe it off but I don’t want the design to get messed up. Advice please (:

  22. Do the eggs taste like vinegar after soaking them and everything?

  23. Can I soak in vinegar ahead of time or does it have to happen just before the dyeing?

  24. I cannot wait to try this! Very excited.

  25. Are you able to tell me why eggs need to be hard boiled before dying? I’ve tried looking up the answer and cannot find it anywhere.
    Do they decorate better? Can this method be done without hard boiling them first??

    • Hard boiling your eggs before dyeing them helps to harden them so there is less chance of breaking them during the dyeing process. It also means they can be eaten for up to one week after dyeing!

  26. Thank you!! I am getting ready to have my grandsons over and yes, several of them are at the age where what is on their finger goes into the mouth..!! So glad I saw this before I used the shaving cream!! I was a bit concerned about what was going to soak through to the egg itself also, so now no worries..!!

  27. Loved this technique!!! So much better than the old cups and dye tabs. Our eggs came out awesome. Thanks!! 

  28. This method sounds fun, but it is incredibly messy. And if you’re in a hurry, don’t bother.

  29. I didnt no thy had gel food coloring nor did I see it so will liquid food coloring work just as good..bc I no you mentioned it will be better with Gel? Trying this out tmrw & now I am wanting gel food coloring..

  30. I wish I had seen this post earlier this week, but this is something we could do anytime of year! Thank you

  31. This was so fun! My kid had a Blast! She she liked to dip her fingers in it after and clean up was a breeze! Not messy at all! These came out really good to!
    Hope you have a happy Easter!

  32. Great ideas!!

  33. Thank you for this! I am going to do this with my 75 yr old mum on Sunday for the kids to hunt for later in the day. Can’t wait.

  34. Anxious to try this tonight! What function does the acidic vinegar soaking perform? It seems like there is a reaction that is producing bubbles so the acid is reacting with something basic on or within the egg. I f this is too nerdy of a chemisry question maybe you have a reference for me?
    Thanks for this reipe.

  35. LOVEEEEEE THIS METHOD! Just did a trial run before making it with the kiddos this sunday. I laid out some old news paper on the table before starting, and the clean up was such a breeze!
    Another tradition added to the family!
    Thank you so much!

  36. I tried this method of coloring eggs, with my 4 young grandkids. While it worked great,,,, I don’t recommend it for young kids due to the fact you have to let the eggs sit in the whipped cream so long. They don’t have the patience & they loose interest. We ended up doing 1 doz eggs in the whipped cream & the rest,, the old fashioned way,,, food coloring in water/vinegar. The whipped cream eggs did turn out pretty & I even used reg. food coloring. The kids loved licking their fingers after putting the eggs in it! lol

  37. This is great especially for little ones who put their fingers in their mouth tastes so much better than shaving cream YUK and better for them.

  38. Should the hard boiled eggs be hot, warm, cold? Whenever I’ve colored eggs before they’ve been hot and hard for the kids to handle

  39. I will try this for Easter

  40. Ok, to share a link to your page in our YouTube video? We used this method yesterday and they turned out great!

  41. We did this yesterday! I had this pinned on Pinterest all year. My daughter said this was way more fun than dipping eggs! We also made marbled paper with the left over dye mess. Thanks for the post!

  42. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THIS WITH MY GRAND DAUGHTERS. THEY LOVE DOING ARTSY
    PROJECTS. I’LL POST AFTER WE DO THIS!!!

  43. Thanks so much for this idea! I literally stumbled upon it when my husband was in the store to buy shaving cream and I was waiting in the car! I quickly called him and told him to buy whipped cream instead. I also did not like the idea of using shaving cream on eggs we wanted to eat. We did this today and not only did we have lots of fun, but they turned out beautifully! I posted about it on my blog tonight http://diysisters.com/dyeing-easter-eggs-with-whipped-cream/. I linked back to you. Thanks again!

    • Oohh!! Your eggs look beautiful… I hadn’t thought of putting gloves on the kids, what a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

  44. Don’t bother doing this – what a big mess, and a big waste of whipped cream! They don’t come out looking nearly as nice as the pictures above.

    • Oh no, I’m sorry these didn’t work well for you!! I’ve done them 2 years in a row and they were great both times! Did you dip the eggs in vinegar (it definitely makes a difference as you can see in the photos)? What type of coloring did you use? How long did you let them sit?

      • I followed your steps, EXACTLY, and it was an epic FAIL. However, my 3 yr old niece had a blast eating whipped cream while assisting!

      • Just did this with my 2 and 4 year old grandsons. They loved doing it, especially eating th whipped cream. Eggs have been sitting for 30minutes but when I wipe them with a paper towel all the color comes off the egg. We don’t plan to eat the eggs so I’ll leave them sitting in the colored cream for a while longer. Even if they don’t turn out as in the pictures we sure had fun making memories. 

    • I just did this with my almost 2 year old and they came out amazing looking! I just didn’t let her play in it too long and kept lots of paper towels and baby wipes and we had minimal mess.

    • I loved this, my kids had a blast!

  45. My kids had a ball doing this. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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