Everytime i bake a cake an add food colouring (Dr. O, PME and cheaper brands) the cake always reverts back to a yellow sponge on the inside and just a dab of colour on the top crust. I've tried adding more colour and different brands and it always comes out the same. Anyone else had this problem?
I use gel in mine (Americolor) and have never had this issue. I've made a yellow cake where the batter was separated in different bowls to create an ombre look and the color remained true after baking. Perhaps your color is not as strong? I use a drop or two of gel in mine and it will mix thoroughly.
I can't get Americolor in the Uk without paying outrageous postage unfortunately. Our main brands are Dr. O which is now producing a gel but is unsuccessful or PME again unsuccessful. Close to just tipping the hole bottle in the batter and seeing what happens!!
Is Sugarflair available in the UK? I've heard of some decorators who use Sugarflair with good results, and I think they were in the UK. If not, sorry, I hope fellow UK members comment.
Yes Sugarflair is available here, i shall try my luck with these, thank you :)
I'm partial to Sugarflair myself. Try that, and you probably need more colour than you think you do.
I'm not fond of Squire's colours, but even they are much better than Dr Oetker.
AAre you adding paste colour or liquid? Stick with sugarflair and squires kitchen, don't bother with dr.O
AI feel you Barry.
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When I make my rainbow cakes, I use the inexpensive grocery store food colorings. It only takes a few drops to get a good strong color that normally bakes up a bit darker than the color of the batter. It is fairly easy to mix colors to get different colors. It takes a less vigourous mixing to incorporate a thin liquid to the batter and avoids the issues associated with overmixing. The only drawback is that its difficult to get a true red so I don't even try. I use the red to get a good orange by mixing with yellow, and a good purple by mixing with blue. For red I use a few drops of the Lorann Red Velvet emulsion which gives a really satisfactory red. The cake below was done with this type of colors:
AIs pme or wilton better