I'm a bit confused as to which type of colour I am meant to be using when colouring different cake materials.
In this case, I am trying to quote a fondant covered birthday cake and colours and types vary so much
Am I meant to be using paste or gel? .... what is least sticky and easy to kneed through ?
Now I'm just a novice here but I use gel to color fondant, it's not sticky but you do have to make sure to cover your hands in shortening (crisco) so that the gel doesn't stain your hands, kneading the gel coloring into the fondant is pretty easy as well. Hope this helps
Any brand in particular I should aim at shopping for?
I use the Wilton gels most of the time, but recently I have used Duff's gel colors and I love them, the colors are vibrant and don't fade and you don't have to use a lot of gel to get the primary color unlike the Wilton gels.
I've never used Duff's but I love Americolor. You only have to use about half of the Americolor that you would have to use of Wilton colors. At least in my experience.
I like to use Sugarflair or Americolor. Both are much more concentrated than Wilton
I use Americolor. They come is a huge variety of colors and their black and red color fondant beautifully without having to use too much. They also don't get a film over them like the Wilton colors do after some time.