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Colour Mill Aqua Blend v Oil – Battle of the Blends!


For years now, the Colour Mill Oil Based colourings have been known as some of the best in the business. With over 50 iconic shades to choose from, everyone from cake pros to hobby bakers has added these products to their baking kit! Enter Colour Mill Aqua Blend – the new kid on the block that everyone is talking about!

We know you’re all keen to understand the difference between these two blends. Our friends at Colour Mill wanted to make sure their popular products could be a part of every cakey creation, but not all ingredients call for an oil blend. In short – a water based colour would allow cake artists to use the same glorious shades in more than just their buttercream, ganache and sugarpaste.

So today, with the help of our amazing friend Sophie from @thecakerubiks, we’re diving into a battle of the blends, to help you learn which range to turn to, whatever you’re baking!

Colouring Macarons, Meringues, Cookie Dough or Royal Icing

Macarons, meringues and royal icing are all oil sensitive products. This means if you use an oil based colouring to add that perfect shade to your treats, you might be in for a disappointment.

Colour Mill say it best themselves: “With Oil, Royal can spoil & Macs can crack!”

The winner: Aqua Blend

The Colour Mill Aqua Blend pigments have a water base which is perfect for oil sensitive products. Ideal for colouring anything best enjoyed dry, the results will be as bold and vibrant as you intended.

Colouring Buttercream, Chocolate or Sugarpaste

Buttercream, chocolate and sugarpaste (fondant), on the other hand, are all ingredients with a high fat content. In order to get the best results, you need a colouring that loves the fats and oils in your mixture.

Water based colours (like the Aqua Blend collection) do not love those fats and oils!

The winner: Oil Blend

The Colour Mill Oil Blend pigments have a oil base which is perfect for higher fat products. This special formula allows the colour to disperse beautifully in your buttercream, chocolate, etc, for the dreamiest results.

We hope this has been a useful breakdown of the amazing colour options offered by Colour Mill. Whatever your next bake is, they have a shade and formula to suit.

If you’ve bought one of these products in a recent Cake Dec haul, be sure to tag us on Instagram using #CakeDecFamous when you use it. We can’t wait to see your creations!

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