When it comes to food colouring, we often settle for the ordinary, generic options available at the local grocery store, partly because it's easily accessible and partly cause we simply don't know the difference between all the options out there.

Being that food colours have super important part to play in cake decorating we should really pay more attention to them and choose the ones that are best for the job in hand. Let's make sure we're equipped with the right food colours to create cake masterpieces that will leave everyone in awe!

Here are our top 3 picks of food colours and the best part is they are all Australia made and owned:

1. Colour Mill

If you're someone who loves experimenting with food colours and enjoys pushing the boundaries of your creativity in the kitchen, then Colour Mill is your new best friend!

colour mill oil based food colours

Colour Mill takes things to a whole new level. It's like a burst of joy in a tiny bottle, ready to infuse your desserts and treats with an explosion of vivid colours.

One of the standout features of Colour Mill is its impressive range of colours - currently sitting at 55 different shades. From soft pastels to bold primaries and everything in between, this collection has got you covered.

And should you still struggle to find the perfect shade you can even mix Colour Mill food colours to create your own unique shades, allowing you to truly unleash your imagination.

Colour Mill had originally one range of food colours - oil based pigments. These oil based food colours were specially designed to work with fats and oils making them perfect working with buttercream, ganache, or even chocolate.

Their newest range is Colour Mill Aqua - water based concentrated gel colours. This addition means that Colour Mill has you completely covered no matter what your baking project is.

colour mill water based food colours

Unlike some food colourings that require adding a substantial amount to achieve the desired shade, Colour Mill is highly concentrated. A little goes a long way, saving you from using excessive amounts and risking altering the texture or taste of your bakings.

Just a few drops of Colour Mill are enough to achieve vibrant and consistent results, leaving you with more time to focus on other aspects of your cake decorating.

Colour Mill is ideal for both beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Its user-friendly packaging and straightforward instructions make it easy to achieve professional-grade results without any fuss.

colour mill oil based food colours

Whether you're a home baker looking to elevate your birthday cake or a skilled pastry chef working on a multi-tiered wedding masterpiece, Colour Mill is a reliable partner that will never let you down.

So why settle for ordinary food colouring when you can make your food extraordinary with Colour Mill. Give it a try, and get ready to embark on a colourful adventure in the kitchen!

2. Sweet Sticks

Sweet Sticks is another power house food colour company in Australia. Same as Colour Mill, Sweet Sticks started out with one line of food colour which has grown now to tons of different lines.

sweet sticks edible paint

The main difference between the two? Sweet Sticks in concentrating on all kinds of different paints that can be used to paint your edible creations. Sweet Sticks products can't be used same as standard food colours and have to be painted on surfaces only.

The original Sweet Sticks food paints came in metallic and original shades. The new lines have food colour powders, both in standard and lustre range as well as water activated edible paints

Using Sweet Sticks Edible Art Paints is a breeze, even for beginners. Simply open the jar, grab your paintbrush, and let your imagination run wild. Dip your brush into the paint, and with each stroke, watch as your desserts come to life with vibrant hues and artistic designs.

metallic chocolate geo hearts

One of the best things about Sweet Sticks edible paints is the versatility. Whether you're decorating a cake, cookies, macarons, or even creating edible art on fondant or gum paste, these paints give you the freedom to express your creativity in countless ways. The only limit is your imagination!

If you're worried about safety and quality, rest assured that all Sweet Sticks products are made from high-quality, food-grade ingredients and are 100% edible. They are specifically formulated for use on edible surfaces, giving you peace of mind as you unleash your creativity.

3. Sprinks

Sprinks food colours are relatively new addition to the ever growing food colour business. Sprinks colours are super concentrated gel colours and the range has over 40 different colour options available.

sprinks gel edible food colour

Sprinks food colours come in cute little glass jars equiped with handy droppers making food colour dosage super easy.

Sprinks food colours can be used with water based products as well as some of the oil based products. They are not recommended to use with chocolate though as any water added to the chocolate will make it seize and will ruin your creations. 

Luckily Sprinks have thought about everything and have also Paint Base and Oil Base in their range.

sprinks gel edible food colour

Adding Paint Base to your Sprinks food colours will turn them into edible paints similar to Sweet Sticks products. Adding Oil Base to Sprinks food colours will turn them to oil based food colours similar to Colour Mill products. How great is that??!!

All three brands are available on our online store so no matter what's your project and which brand you prefer, we got you covered.

So, grab your mixing bowls, put on your apron, and let your culinary creativity run wild. Get ready to add a splash of fun and a whole lot of joy to your edible creations. Happy baking and happy colouring!

June 27, 2023 — Sirley Persidski