Ice a cake in your team's color. Here, we share our playbook for to-the-drop formulas.
White Sheet Cake with Team Color Icing
Credit: Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipes are for 1 cup Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. One drop is the size of a 4 mm round nail head. Gel paste will thicken after bottles are opened. If your gel paste comes out in drops larger than the 4 mm round nail head, count 1 large drop as 3 drops. We tested with AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste colors (from $1.35/color for a 3/4-oz. bottle). Because our formulas were tested with AmeriColor, we suggest using their products for results equal to our own. For a list of retailers, visit

3/4 tsp. plus 8 drops Red Red
8 drops Burgundy
8 drops Maroon

1/4 tsp. Super Red
8 drops Maroon
4 drops Regal Purple

Texas A&M
1/4 tsp. Maroon

Florida State
1/4 tsp. Maroon
8 drops Warm Brown
8 drops Regal Purple

1/8 tsp. plus 4 drops Warm Brown
8 drops Avocado
8 drops Lemon Yellow
Wilton Gold Sparkle Gel on top

1/4 tsp. plus 8 drops Egg Yellow

1/4 tsp. plus 4 drops Orange

Virginia Tech
1/8 tsp. plus 2 drops Orange
5 drops Red Red

Oklahoma State
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. plus 4 drops Terra-cotta
1/8 tsp. plus 4 drops Lemon Yellow
8 drops Warm Brown

1/8 tsp. Orange
2 drops Maroon
1 drop Lemon Yellow

Appalachian State
10 drops Electric Yellow
5 drops Gold
2 drops Bright White

1/8 tsp. Leaf Green
5 drops Forest Green
1 drop Super Black

West Virginia
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. plus 4 drops Navy Blue
5 drops Super Black

1/2 tsp. Navy Blue
1/8 tsp. plus 4 drops Super Black
8 drops Regal Purple

1/8 tsp. plus 8 drops Regal Purple
2 drops Super Black