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.
The colours we tried and tested were:
- Rainbow Dust ProGel Pink
- Rainbow Dust ProGel Ice Blue
- Rainbow Dust ProGel Purple
- Sugarflair Deep Purple
- Sugarflair – Grape Violet
- Sugarflair Fuchsia
- Sugarflair Ice Blue
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 😉
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…
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.
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!