Adding Food Colouring to Your Cakes
Food colouring is an important part of cake baking, as most cakes require uniform colour codes. They’ll either be entirely one colour, or each layer may be a different colour. Either way, you still need to know how to use food colouring. It seems simple, but there are a few tips that you may want to know in order to use your food colouring more successfully.
Choosing Your Food Colouring
There are a number of different types of food colouring that you may want to be aware of. The traditionally used food colouring is liquid food colouring. This type of food colouring comes only in four basic colours, red, yellow, blue, and green. In order to make other colours with liquid food colouring, you must combine these to form them. If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, concentrated pastes are also used as food colouring. These are more expensive but they tend to produce a much more fluid, rich colour, void of imperfections. Some people don’t like the concentrated paste as it can sometimes slightly alter the flavour of the food it is added to. Professionals tend to use soft gel pastes. They have no taste and come in a variety of rich colours. The only disadvantage of these soft gel pastes is that they are highly expensive compared with the other two types.
Use one Drop at a Time
When you add food colouring to food, it colours differently depending on the food it is being added to. Because of this, you should add just a drop at a time until you reach the colour shade you were looking for. Obviously if you want a deeper colour, you will need to add more food colouring, whereas a lighter colour will require less food colouring. The best time to add the food colouring is during the process of mixing the dry and wet ingredients. This will reduce the likeliness of overmixing your cake mix.
Make sure you have at least an hour to spare before needing to start baking your cake. This is because after mixing in food colouring, there is a chance you will overmix slightly and cause the cake mix to be cooked unevenly. If given some time the cake mix will relax a little and allow you to cook an even cake. As well as this, after an hour you will be able to tell if your food colouring will remain vibrant or not. If it isn’t you may want to add more, but be careful, as you may overmix it further and ruin your cake!
So There You Have it!
If you thought food colouring was as simple as buying it and adding it, now you know there are a few extra steps to take. Not to worry though, as if you follow all of the above steps, you will be able to produce a wonderful and vibrantly coloured cake for any occasion!