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Powder / Dust Icing Colouring

Cake Stuff recommend Sugarflair icing powder and dust colouring.   Cake Stuff also recommend the new range of "Plain & Simple" edible dusts from Rainbow Dusts, and we will continue to stock both ranges in order to give our customers the widest possible range of colours to choose from.

Icing powder and dust colourings can be used in two mains ways: by brushing dry on to sugarpaste icing to add natural looking colour and shading to flower petals etc or by mixing with Rejuvenator Spirit to create an edible paint or liquid colouring for painting on to icing, or for airbrushing. It is also possible to knead colouring through sugar paste ready to roll icing or flower paste but results are not consistent and for this use we would recommend concentrated paste / gel icing colourings. Icing powder and dust colourings are especially effective for colouring marzipan

Sugarflair Blossom Tints offer around 40 edible dusting powders which can be mixed with each other to create an infinite range of shades, mix with White Blossom Tint for paler shades, mix with Edible Lustres for sparkle effects etc.  Powder dust colours are ideal for use with flower modelling paste

Cake Stuff also recommend the Rainbow Dust range of Plain & Simple dust colours, edible Pearl dusts, edible metallic dusts and food-contact glitters.   Both the Plain & Simple and Sugarflair ranges are fat free, nut free, gluten free, GM free, certified Kosher and suitable for vegetarians

Cake Stuff also stock Sugarflair Craft Dusting Powders - these Craft Dusts were originally part of the Blossom Tint range but EU regulations are constantly changing and certain colours are reclassified.  The most well known example is the red colouring called Ponceau (E124) which is only approved for use in glacé cherries . . . exactly why, no-one seems to know.  No longer classed as edible, Ponceau cannot be included in the Blossom Tint range so is now part of the Craft Dusting powder range which is technically non-edible.  We hope customers can see that Craft Dusts are completely safe should they be eaten (no-one has banned glacé cherries yet) but they are intended for use on sugar flowers, models and other sugar decorations

PLEASE NOTE that not all brands use pots with seals but, where they do, can we ask you to note the following? . . .

Our picking teams here at Cake Stuff are taught to check-tighten every lid of every product when packing your order - this may occasionally mean we break a paper seal if we come across a loose lid. Please regard this is a good sign (ie that we tightened a loose lid to prevent spillage) as opposed to something sinister in that the seal has been moved or torn. The seals are really there for retail shops - to discourage customers from opening lids. We don't have that problem here and seals are in no way a legal requirement, so please understand why occasionally one may appear torn

As you browse through the colourings, please be sure you are purchasing the correct product as we cannot accept the return of colourings (even if unopened) for food safety reasons. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please remember colours shown on this site are limited by photography and shades may appear to vary on different PC monitors. Please also be aware that most white icing already contains blue colouring so adding further coloring may result in a different shade being produced . . . Sugarflair colorings are created especially to work best with Renshaw sugarpaste icing.

 

COLOURINGS & FOOD SAFETY . . .

Because Cake Stuff offers colourings from the USA as well as the UK, it's important we try to clarify the position with colourings / labelling / legalities / safety etc. It's not an easy area - there's lots of conflicting advice, not helped by a few jealous competitors who even claim it is "illegal" for us to sell US colourings. Well - no, it's not actually!

The confusion probably starts with "E" numbers . . . E numbers are not "bad" as many people seem to think, the "E" stands for Europe and this is the European classification system for additives which are approved as safe for use in food. In the USA you'd see an FD&C number (Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act) doing a similar job, showing that the colouring had been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

When we import US colourings, we have convert the American FD&C numbers to the European E numbers. Very occasionally the American system approves a colouring with the European system does not, and vice versa. The most well known example is Red 3 which the American FDA regards as completely safe but the European Union only approve for use in glacé cherries. OK, so without being political, here's the question . . . if the EU think it's safe to eat French glacé cherries, why would it not be safe to eat the same colouring in icing? America agrees.

Wherever an anomaly like this appears, we will show the colouring as being a "competition colouring". We are therefore not encouraging its use as an edible item - we offer it for use in competition / exhibition / display pieces and know our customers have more than enough intelligence to make the final decision about how and where to use the colouring. If there was any question of a product being unsafe we would not dream of offering it for sale.

In addition, latest EU regulations include a provision that foods containing the six food colors E110, E104, E122, E129, E102 and E124 must be labelled not only with the relevant E number but also with the words "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in some children".

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