Some ideas for using Silverspoon colour creator food colouring

30 Jul
Silverspoon colour creator

Silverspoon colour creator

Amongst the lovely goodies that I was sent by Bakingmad.com there was some food colourings. To be more specific there was some Silverspoon colour creator in lilac and pink. This food colouring is quite a thick and viscous consistency; thicker than traditional food colouring but not as thick as the paste colouring I have used. It is in little squeezy bottles that make it very simple to dispense accurate amounts into the mixture.

I don’t tend to ice cakes very often so I decided to use the Silverspoon colour creator to colour other things instead.

The cooked meringues...some may be missing from this picture!

The cooked meringues…some may be missing from this picture!

My first experiment was to colour meringues. I used the following recipe to make the meringues and to colour them lilac.

Pipe the meringue onto a baking sheet covered in baking parchment

Pipe the meringue onto a baking sheet covered in baking parchment

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites

100g white caster sugar

1 tsp Silverspoon lilac colour creator

Method:

  1. Whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. I use a free-standing mixer with a whisk attachment, but you can use a hand held electric whisk or indeed by hand if you have a lot of stamina and a strong arm!

    My helper was ready for action as usual

    My helper was ready for action as usual

  2. Add the sugar one tablespoon at a time and whisk all the time. The mixture should be stiff and thick and sort of marshmallow like. Tjhen add the food colouring. Don’t put it in all at once, instead add half, then mix and check the colour and add more if necessary until you get the colour that you want.
  3. Using a piping bag with a smooth, large nozzle or indeed a plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe small mounds onto a baking sheet covered with baking parchment. This mixture makes about 50 2-3cm (1 inch) meringues. You can make bigger ones if you wish or just use a spoon to make mounds of meringue.
  4. Put in an oven at 130C and immediately reduce the temperature to 100C. Bake for 2 hours and then turn the oven off and leave in the oven to cool.

The Silverspoon colour creator made the meringues a lovely shade of pale lilac. I used golden caster sugar and this is why they look a bit pinky, but if you use white sugar then you would definitely see the lilac colour more strongly.

Half a pink and lilac marbled Victoria Sponge cake

Half a pink and lilac marbled Victoria Sponge cake

My next colourful bake was a Victoria sponge. I have made a few “half cakes” recently and blogged about them and this is what I did here. I like doing half a cake because I know that it will all get eaten whilst still fresh and you still get the effect of a whole cake and a proper sized slice!

Here is the recipe for “Half a Victoria Sponge” but of course just double the ingredients to make a whole cake.

I made the Victoria sponge mix and then put half of it in a seperate bowl. I added about one teaspoon of the lilac to one half of the mix and one teaspoon of the pink to the other and mixed it in.

Cake mix with pink colouring

Cake mix with pink colouring

Cake mix with lilac colouring

Cake mix with lilac colouring

I then put dollops of each one into a greased and base-lined tin and then mixed it through with a knife quite gently to create a marbled effect.

The marbled cake mix in the cake tin

The marbled cake mix in the cake tin

After baking I cut the cake into two semi-circles and sandwiched it together with jam.

Enjoy with a cuppa

Enjoy with a cuppa

The pink colour stayed really vibrant, the lilac was less so in the cake mix but I got my marbled effect! I think that the pink mix marbled with chocolate cake mix would be really effective and will be something I am trying next!

The items shown in the first picture were sent to me by Bakingmad.com but the words, pictures and opinions are my own.

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