Uk - What Colourings Do You Use?h

Decorating By TheAmateurBaker Updated 17 Jan 2013 , 9:01am by Oboeplayer

TheAmateurBaker Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 6:12pm
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Hi guys


I'm just starting out in the world of decorating, and was wondering what brand/sort of food colourings you all use?

For my first couple of cakes I used morrisons own ready to roll fondant, which comes in white or white, and bought a small bottle of blue food colouring to go with it. However, half the blue food dye was used on about half the fondant bought and yet the colour was a very pale baby blue


TIA! x

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hbquikcomjamesl Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 6:26pm
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As a rule, liquids sold in dropper bottles by the local grocer are rather dilute. But with the exception of one occasion when I needed black, and bought a small jar of Wilton, I've never really needed anything stronger, myself.


According to Alton Brown, powders are the strongest.

Bomatebaker Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 7:43pm
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ASugar flair colours are quite good. Any paste or gel colouring is quite good. I'd stay away from the liquid colours.

TheAmateurBaker Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 7:55pm
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Thankyou very much for the help!

Can't wait to get cracking :)

Dayti Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 9:44pm
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Definitely Sugarflair, they should be easily available in cake decorating shops in the UK. They are super concentrated paste colours so last for ages as you only need to use a little at a time - dip a clean ****tail stick in the pot and wipe it on your white sugarpaste to colour it. Use a new ****tail stick every time you need to dip into the colour again. Have fun!

Dayti Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 9:45pm
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Oops, maybe I should have said toothpick! I just got censored with a bunch of asterisks!!

AmeliesKItchen Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 10:19pm
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Lol on the tooth pick faux pas Dayti!! I use Sugarflair, they've increased their range of colours recently too x

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 13 Dec 2012 , 11:43pm
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For pity's sake, **** is in the Bible: The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Ch. 26, V. 34: Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the **** crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.


Then again, the same translation (the KJV) also has six instances (starting with First Samuel, Ch. 25, V. 22) of adult men being described as those "who ******* against the wall."

Godot Posted 14 Dec 2012 , 6:40am
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I'm partial to Sugarflair.

SugaredSaffron Posted 14 Dec 2012 , 6:56am
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Sugarflair or squires kitchen are the two brands people use, don't use liquid food colour, it'll make your sugapaste sticky and the colour is too weak. Also for dark colours you might want to use the extra strength ones like the black and red ones from sugarflair.

TheAmateurBaker Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 1:29pm
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ADidn't realise I never replied to this Thanks for the tips guys, looking at the sugar flair site tonight for a nice red for valentines day!

AmeliesKItchen Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 6:44pm
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I've never found the perfect deep red with Sugarflair so I use a mixture of Red Extra, Ruby and sometimes a little bit of Claret which are all great stand alone colours to have in your kit anyway. You also need quite a lot to get a good red! Good luck! x

Hollybello Posted 16 Jan 2013 , 10:29pm
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AI have squires paste colours but have found that with certain deep colours the flavour is affected, in particular green and reds. Is there an intense colour I can use for red which will not affect taste? I don't like to cover a whole cake in a dark colour normally but I have some family requests for arsenal shirt cakes later this year!

Godot Posted 17 Jan 2013 , 6:28am
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For dark colours I use ready-coloured paste.

Oboeplayer Posted 17 Jan 2013 , 9:01am
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AWhen I want to reduce the amount of colouring used, I find this a good tip. Partially roll out half the amount of the coloured paste required and then roll out a similar amount of white. Place the coloured paste on top of the white and keep rolling. Your coloured paste then has a white backing. The down side is that you only get one shot at rolling out!

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