Food Colour Tips

The Queen range of Food Colours has a colour for every occasion and recipe. Here’s a few tips to get perfect results with them every time!

Colour Mixing

TIP: Create the Rainbow – Queen liquid and gel food colours can be mixed in many ways to create custom colours. Simply refer to our colour mixing chart to get started!

Colour Intensity and Vibrancy

TIP – Watch your ingredients: The intensity of food colours is influenced by many things. Colours will deepen in Buttercream icing as it dries, while they will lighten in Royal icing as it dries. Some acidic ingredients such as lemon juice and cream of tartar will cause colours to change as well. We often find our Pillar Box Red Colour fades in recipes that use dessicated coconut, due to the preservative used in the coconut.

TIP – Gel vs Liquid Colour: The liquid and gel colours in the Queen range give different levels of colour intensity. Queen Food Colour Gels are concentrated meaning you need less to achieve a bright, deep colour without the addition of unnecessary liquid to your recipe. Queen Liquid Colours can be used to achieve intense colours but a lot of the liquid colour will be required, meaning you may need to adjust the other liquid components in your recipe to counteract this.
Queen Food Colour Gels have less liquid meaning they are ideal for candies, confectionery work, icings and macarons.

TIP – Natural Colours vs Synthetic Colour: Queen Natural Food Colours give a natural, less vivid colour. If planning to make a rainbow cake, we recommend our Gel Food Colour range, which remain vivid and do not brown upon baking.

Handling and Staining

TIP – Stained Hands: Queen Food Colours are water-soluble, meaning if a colour stains your hands, it will come off with a few rounds of washing in warm, soapy water. The colour will first fade, then completely wash away.

TIP – Stained Clothes: Because Queen Food Colours are water-soluble, all you need to do is wash your garment as soon as possible after it comes into contact with food colour. Delicate fabrics and aged stains may require additional treatment to remove the colour stain.