How Do You Colour Cake Batter?

How to make bright eye catching cake batter and bake them into bright eye catching sponge cakes!

A basic sponge mix is best for this purpose as you will need to beat the colour into the batter, if you make a genoese for example, the beating action will disperse all the air and you will end up with a brightly coloured biscuit!

Basic Sponge Cake Recipe

  • 225g (8oz) Self Raising Flour
  • 225g (8oz) Butter, at room temperature
  • 225g (8oz) Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


Preheat oven 180C / gas mark 4 and line 2 x 8″ round cake tins.

Mix all the ingredients together in one bowl then divide the batter into two.

Now you are ready to add your chosen colour, the brighter the better.

I’ve opted for orange and purple.

Add a teaspoon of colour before beating together until evenly distributed.

It is important to use bake stable food colour, this will ensure the colour you have chosen is the colour you will get.

Add the coloured batter to your prepared cake tins levelling with a spatula before baking for approximately 25 minutes.

Remove from the tins and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

You may think at this stage that the colour is not very bright, but don’t be fooled, trim off the bake crust and “voila” fab intense colour, marvellous!

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