Food Colours & Flavours

Make beautiful bakes and creative cake creations with our fun and delicious selection of food colours and flavours at Spotlight. Transform your cake into the colours of the rainbow and match your icing to complement your party decor with the extensive range of food colouring in this selection. It also features a range of delicious flavourings that are sure to enhance your baking. Shop the range now for vibrant baking that tastes the best!

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What Are The Best Ways To Flavour A Cake?

Flavouring a cake is quite straightforward, as there are many ways to add your favourite flavour to your baked masterpiece. Of course, as there are many methods to flavour a cake, it is important to be familiar with the different types of flavourings and their benefits. If you want to learn more about cake flavourings, be sure to read the information below.

When Should I Use Liquid Extracts Or Flavourings To Flavour My Cake?

One of the most common methods for cake flavouring is using a liquid extract or flavouring in your recipe. While they add some flavour to the cake in question, they are unlikely to cause a negative interaction with the other ingredients you are using. They also leave the cake's moisture and its density intact, which makes it a suitable flavouring option for beginners.

Please note that there is a difference between flavourings and extracts. An extract tends to be more concentrated, which means you need less of an extract to get the same result. Of course, using too much of an extract could also cause the flavour to overpower all the other ingredients. So, bakers do need to be careful when they use a liquid extract over a liquid flavouring.

When Should I Use Fresh Ingredients As A Flavouring To The Cake?

If you are looking for the strongest taste, then fresh ingredients are usually best. Even strong extracts cannot replicate the flavour of fresh ingredients. Of course, fresh ingredients are more likely to interact with the other ingredients in the batter, which is why some bakers prefer to use extracts and flavourings instead.

There are a lot of fresh ingredients you could use as a flavouring for a cake. One of the most popular options is chocolate, which is a stern favourite among many people. Of course, chocolate is one of the heavier fresh ingredients you can add to a cake. Therefore, you usually have to add some extra eggs to the cake to balance things out.

Another ingredient you can add to your cakes is some cocoa powder. However, its use is usually limited to yellow and white cakes. By using cocoa powder, you can add a strong chocolate flavour to your preferred cake without the heaviness of using regular chocolate.

Can I Use Flavourings Instead Of Water In A Cake Recipe?

Many cake recipes require a certain amount of water. Fortunately, you can swap a part of the water for a flavouring of your choice, which will sharpen the taste of your cake and enables you to finetune some recipes.

If you want to replace some of the water with a flavouring, it is advised not to exchange all the water. Ideally, you want to only swap out half of the water. Of course, it does depend on the liquids you are using as a replacement. If you use alcohol-based flavourings, you should replace less of the water than you would do for things such as milk and coffee.

Can Spices Be Used As Cake Flavourings?

Once you start exploring cake recipes, you will notice that spices can be used to flavour your cakes. Popular spices that are often used in cake recipes include cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Evidently, these kinds of spices are usually quite popular during the Christmas holidays.

When you use spice in your cake recipes, always consider the potency of the spice in question. Spices can be considerably stronger than other flavourings, so you must be careful not to add too much in your recipes.

What Other Flavourings Can Be Added To Cakes?

We covered some of the basic cake flavourings already, but there are more things you can use to add flavour to your cake. Below, you will find some of the additional flavours you can add.

Dry pudding mix - A dry pudding mix could be just the thing to flavour your cake. You can get them in all kinds of flavours too, this goes from vanilla to strawberry.

Syrup - When you do not want to add flavouring until your cake is baked, you can add some syrup afterwards.

Frosting - You can add flavour on the outside too. Simply choose your favourite frosting and add liberally to the outside of your cake.

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