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Rainbow Cupcake Dress

Rainbow Cupcake Dress by Cake Masters.

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I had a fabulous time at this years Cake International Exhibition and it certainly inspired us to get more involved next year by having our own stand with demonstrations… just a dream at the moment but hopefully we can make it reality!

One of mine and Mum’s favourite parts of the show was this incredible dress by Cake Masters, I’m not sure if you saw the purple one the year before but this one was even bigger and better and we just adored it. The show is held at The Birmingham NEC in the UK and is called Cake International, they run this particular one once a year in November and it’s one of the biggest all year and has grown exponentially over the last 10 years. It’s a must for cake decorating enthusiasts.

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Cake Masters created this amazing tasty dress with hundreds of cupcakes and flowers coloured with Rainbow Dust Pro-Gels. These are fantastic colours and a little amount goes such a long way! I remember Rosie from Cake Masters saying their purple dress of a similar size only required 3 tubes of pro-gel food colour!! Absolutely amazing.

There was also the opportunity to go up and pose in this very vibrant rainbow cupcake dress – as you may notice, there isn’t a picture of me as I chickened out… I just imagined myself slipping getting up there and landing on top of all those cupcakes… I am one of the clumsiest people you will ever meet so I avoided it like the plague haha!

I did take lots of pictures for you all though! Didn’t want you missing out.

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If you fancy giving the amazing ProGel Rainbow Dust Food Colours a go then we now have a special offer available for the Rainbow Set which includes 7 gorgeous colours that are great for making rainbow cakes, colouring sugarpaste, marzipan, royal icing, modelling paste, flower paste and much, much more. You can grab yours HERE with an extra 10% saving off them!

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Perfect for Rainbow Cakes

Thanks Cake Masters for making this incredible dress and inspiring us all and thank you to Cake International for the best Cake Show all year!

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Cream ProGel Food Colour Chart

Cream ProGel Food Colour Chart

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Yesterday our lovely customer Gill requested a colour chart for Creams in the ProGel Range by Rainbow Dust so I put together this quick example of our cream coloured food colourings. Pro Gel Food Colour is a high quality food colour that requires very little to create beautiful vibrant colours meaning your sugarpaste doesn’t go sticky and flavour is not effected.

I love cream colours, they are beautiful colours to use in Weddings & Christenings but also great for Vintage themes and Teddy Bears. You can’t really go wrong with them and they are a must for any cake decorators collection. From my examples I would start with Caramel & Chestnut as you can see in the pictures there are many shades and depth of colour you can achieve with just one colour.

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Mixing Colours: I always start by mixing one piece of Sugarpaste to the darkest colour I can achieve with that specific shade. This allows you to measure and weigh your quantities against the amount of white sugarpaste you add to it allowing you to re-create a colour easily with easy maths.

For example: If you use 1 part dark colour to 4 parts white you can up the size easily but achieve exactly the same colour for colouring cakes. If you colour too much sugarpaste don’t throw it away, seal it in a airtight zip bag and keep it in a Tupperware box it will keep to the best before of the sugarpaste or you can also freeze it to add an extra 6 months of life to it!

Why Not Pin It!
Why Not Pin It!

I love the Rainbow Dust ProGel Colours and I am really pleased to say we stock the entire range on our website as well as discounted sets.

For more Food Colour Charts See our Colour Chart Blog Category!

 

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Testing Black Food Colour

Testing Black Food Colour

We’ve been testing black food colour this week as many of you have reported strange things happening to your food colour when left over a few days.

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I have used 2 of the high quality brands of professional quality on the most recent batch to 2014 – Sugarflair & ProGel.

Top Tip – Never use Supermarket food colours to get bright colours, they are no way near as concentrated so cannot acheive vibrant colour and often make sugarpaste sticky, buttercream too runny and aren’t bake stable.

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What was used in this experiment:

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Experiment Steps

Step 1 – I weighed and measured my white sugarpaste and split it in to three equal quantities. I then coloured one ball of each to the darkest colour possible using the same amount of food colour in each sugarpaste ball.

Step 2 – I split the dark sugarpaste down in to two equal quantities to create different shades of the same colour. The more white VS colour the lighter the shade becomes.

Step 3 – I mixed the colours together well and then took a picture immediately of the results.

Step 4 – I left the food colours for 72 hours out of direct sunlight and then took another picture under the same light.

Results

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Findings

Sugarflair Shadow Grey – I liked that you couldn’t add too much with this food colour, as we all know too well, it’s easy to add colour but extremely difficult to take it away. The limited depth of this pastel shade meand you get a really lovely grey even when you accidentally add too much! No change in colour over the 72 hours development time.

Sugarflair Liquorice Black – Fantastic all-rounder for greys, unfortunately this didn’t reach black but instead made it to a deep charcoal grey with the same amount of food colourings as the others. I found this to be lovely for greys and deeper greys but if you wanted a prominent black I would advise Black Extra or ProGel Black. Slightly deepened in colour over the 72 hours but hard to see in the photograph.

Sugarflair Black Extra – Great for Black, in fact the best for the black requiring a small amount of colour to achieve it’s results but absolutely rubbish for grey as it had a strong bluey tinge to the colouring which worsened over the 72 hours. The deepest shade of the colour was fantastic for black and stayed the same over the 72 hours.

Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Grey – A lot stronger than I expected it to be, not as much variation in the shades but it held it’s colour well over the 72 hours and there was no sign of blue or greening over the time waited. Comparable to the Sugarflair Liquorice.

Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Black – Very impressive strength, nearly as good as the Black Extra by Sugarflair and although I wouldn’t advise using this for grey due to the blue-ish tone it leaves on the lighter shades, it’s certainly made the top of the list for black food colouring.

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Why Does Black Food Colour Change Colour?

This happens as black isn’t a colour in itself but it’s made up of many other colours for example a combination of Blue, Green and Red. The reason why our food colouring changes colour as the red is the most unstable colour which allows it to fade much faster than the other two colours. This is why you are often left with a greenish or bluish looking icing that was once black.

A quick tip is adding dark brown to your black paste, the extra red infusion stops the paste fading as fast and leaves it staying black!

We hope you’ve found this experiment & colour chart helpful. If you have any questions or other experiments you would like to see please write them in the comments on our blog.

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Blue Food Colour Chart

Blue Food Colour Chart & Mixing Colours

Blue Food Colour Chart

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Food colouring chart from Rainbow Dust Progel colours.

On Friday I decided to add a new colour chart to the collection. Thanks to all your positive feedback we received from the Sugarflair Green Colour Chart we posted a few weeks back we’ve decided to do more!

We will be bringing all shades to you from Rainbow Dust Progels through to Sugarflair Spectral paste colours, the top selling food colours.

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I get asked how I achieve the shades. I start by colouring a set amount of paste to the darkest colour, a good tip is to weight the sugarpaste once coloured and then you can always work out a ratio. For example if you colour 5g of paste and add 30g of weight to get to your perfect shade you can then replicate it easily in larger quantities.

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5g of colour to 30g white = 35g of colour

Times it by 20 to get enough sugarpaste to colour your cake.

100g of colour to 700g white = 800g of colour. See our Cake Covering Guide to see how much sugarpaste you’ll need to colour.

I liked doing the blue ProGel chart, there’s something about the colour that’s very calming! What colour would you like to see us do next?

Here’s the list of colours we used:

  • Navy Blue
  • Baby Blue,
  • Ice Blue
  • Sky Blue
  • Turquoise
  • Aqua

I also mixed the lightest shade with a touch of pink and yellow to show you just how easily you can create new colours with different combinations.

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We stock the full range of ProGel colours on our website, we also have discounted full sets and bulk buy discount from our Bulk & Wholesale section if you buy 10 of the same colour.

I hope this charts been helpful, please leave a comment to tell us which other colours you’d like to see us do next!

 

 

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Sugarflair Colour Chart – Greens – Perfect for foliage

Here’s our Green Sugarflair Colour Chart as promised, we will be releasing the downloadable PDF shortly but in the meantime you can always Pin it on Pinterest! All colours are available on our website and eBay store.

We are the biggest suppliers of Sugarflair and therefore offer over 4 year best before dates on these highly concentrated pots of food colour!

Sugarflair are perfect for Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft – for use in buttercream, icing, fondant, royal icing, mexican paste, flower paste, cake mix (bake stable) and loads more!

Would you like to see more Sugarflair colour charts from us?

All Colours are avialble on our website at fabulous prices! PartyAnimalOnline - the biggest supplier of Sugarflair.
All Colours are avialble on our website at fabulous prices! PartyAnimalOnline – the biggest supplier of Sugarflair.

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Purple Food Colour Chart – That perfect purple.

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Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste

Hi everyone, it’s Steph here and I’ve been busy again testing out the latest products from our range to make a purple food colour chart. We get asked a lot as a company about creating that perfect deep purple or “Cadbury’s Purple” as many refer to it. It’s actually a lot harder than we would all think!

Last week a had a little bit of free time so I put it to good use and gathered myself some of the very finest food colours that we stock. I used a range of Sugarflair and the new Rainbow Dust ProGels, both of which have 37 in their ranges but I used just 4 colours from Sugarflair and 3 matching colours from Rainbow Dust to experiment with.

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Creating purple using ProGel colours
Creating Purple using Sugarflair Colours
Creating Purple using Sugarflair Colours

The colours we tried and tested were:

Grape Violet Sugarflair Food Colouring by PartyAnimalOnline
Grape Violet Sugarflair Food Colouring by PartyAnimalOnline
Deep Purple Food Colouring by Sugarflair
Deep Purple Food Colouring by Sugarflair

I found the Deep Purple that little bit too blue on it’s own, it almost lost it’s vibrancy, I felt. We have had a few people say this when using deep purple colour. It’s lovely but be aware that it’s more of a purpley-blue than a bluey-purple if you get what I mean 😉

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ProGel Colours by Rainbow Dust – Purple

They all created fantastic shades of purples and there were pro’s and con’s to both brands. I would love to see Sugarflair add a colour swatch to their lids to make them easier to find in a collection, Rainbow Dust definitely have a more vibrant packaging style allowing you to find what you’re looking for easily.

I can’t help but feel with Sugarflair you get more value for money, the paste seems equally concentrated and although the packaging isn’t as pretty you definitely can scrape every last drop out of the Sugarflair tubs. ProGel on the other hand makes me feel as though a lot of the paste is lost at the end of the tube…never to be seen or used.

A top tip for this would be to cut the end off when you get to the last bit and scrape out the leftover food colour on the inside… I bet it would be a huge saving when using a lot of food colouring! It reminds me slightly of the SuperScrimpers programme on Channel 4 where they cut off the end of the toothpaste tube to make it last longer! A great money saving tip – Martin Lewis would be proud!

Anyway enough of all that…

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Testing food colouring.

 

Which was my personal favourite purple…

I have to say I was equally impressed with both brands although with Sugarflair being better value for money I would probably sway more towards them. The colours are both very vibrant and it was easy to achieve a range of shades of purple.

To create that perfect deep purple use a combo of the Grape Violet with the Deep Purple by Sugarflair. I found using the Deep Purple alone made the colour to blue and it needed brightening up. The mix of them both was the simplest way to achieve it. Rainbow Dust Pro-Gel Purple and Deep Purple would work equally as well. You can also use a mix of blue and pink to create similar purples, handy if you’ve already got them in your supplies.

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Last but not least here’s the purple colour chart I’ve put together for you all listing what food colourings I used, remember all computer screens vary in how they depict colour but it will definitely point you in the right direction next time your customer asks you to create a purple themed cake and hopefully it will be a whole lot less daunting with this by your side!

Since creating this I have been asked for reds, oranges, blues and greens! Never fear, I plan to bring you the whole rainbow so be sure to sign up for notifications on our blog or join our Newsletter for the latest updates!

Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste
Purple colour chart for colouring sugarpaste