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Why regular food colors are not good for cakes & desserts?

When it comes to decorating cakes and desserts, make sure to pick the right option from a variety of food coloring options to bring your creations to life.

Regular food colors may not be the best option for baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, cookies and desserts for several reasons:

  • Consistency Issues - Regular food colors can alter the consistency of the cake batter or icing when added. This can result in a runny or thin batter that may not bake properly, or a frosting that may not hold its shape.
  • Lack of Stability - Regular food colors can be sensitive to heat and may not retain their color over time. This can result in cakes or desserts goods that fade or lose their vibrancy.
  • Bad Flavor - Regular food colors can sometimes have an artificial taste, which can affect the overall flavor of the baked goods. This is especially true for delicate desserts, where even a small amount of off-flavor is noticeable.

What are the alternatives to regular food colors?

For the above reasons, we often recommend using Magic Colours gel based food colors or chocolate colors or even airbrush colors when baking.

These types of food colors have more concentrated color, and are less likely to alter the consistency or flavor of the baked goods. They are also more stable and precise, making it easier to achieve the desired color outcome.

What is the difference between gel based colors, chocolate colors and airbrush colors?

Over the years at Magic Colours, we have carefully developed 3 popular types of food coloring like, gel colors, chocolate colors, and airbrush colors. While all 3 types of colors can achieve stunning results, there are key differences between them. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between them and help you determine which one is best for your needs.

1. Gel Food Colors

Spectral Gel Colours by Magic Colours are a popular choice for cake decorators because they are highly concentrated and can produce vibrant, true-to-color results. They come in 3 pack sizes — 25gm, 32gm and 200gm and are very easy to use. Gel colors are great for coloring icing, fondant, and other sugar-based mediums. They can also be used to color cake batter and cookie dough.


One of the key benefits of gel food colors is their versatility. They can be mixed to create custom colors and can be used in a variety of cake decorating techniques, from painting to piping. Gel colors are also popular because they are long-lasting and won’t fade over time.

Available in 34 shades. Check out here

2. Chocolate Colors

As the name suggests, these Chocolate Colours by Magic Colours are specifically designed for coloring chocolate. Chocolate colors come in a range of colors and are oil-based, which makes them easy to incorporate into melted chocolate. Unlike gel food colors, chocolate colors won’t cause the chocolate to seize, which can be a common issue when using water-based food colors for melted chocolate.

Chocolate colors are ideal for creating intricate designs on chocolate, such as molds and transfers. They can also be used to color cocoa butter, candy melts and compound chocolate.

Available in 34 shades. Check out here

3. Airbrush Colors

Airbrush Colours by Magic Colours are a type of food coloring that are designed to be used with our Airbrush Gun. They are specifically designed without any impurities or suspended particles to avoid blocking the Airbrush Gun. They come in a wide range of colors with 2 finishes — classic and metallic.

One of the benefits of airbrush colors is that they are ideal for creating gradients and ombré effects on cakes and desserts. They can also be used to create intricate designs and patterns. However, airbrushing can be a more advanced cake decorating technique, and requires some practice to achieve the desired results.

Available in various colors with classic and metallic finish. Check out here


No matter which type of food coloring you choose, make sure to read the instructions carefully and practice your technique before attempting a major cake decorating project. With the right coloring and technique, you can create stunning, professional-looking cakes and desserts that are sure to impress.

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