Product Review: Americolor Gels - New Shades!

Americolor Gels provided by Bake and Deco Warehouse

Introducing the New Shades!

As you would know, I'm a big fan of Americolor, so when I heard they had made some new colours, I was possibly excessively excited. And I must say, they are worth the excitement.

The new colours are Moss, Eggplant, Wedgewood, Pumpkin, Cypress, Midnight, and Espresso.  I gave them a test as you can see below, adding one good 'squeeze' of each to Basic Buttercream, to get an idea of how the colour would look.

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As you can see, the colours are PERFECT for Autumn/Fall themed cakes! 

So what do I think of the Shades?

Moss

An interesting Green, not unlike Avocado and Gold mixed together. Perfect for darker foliage, and tropical cakes.

Eggplant

A really nice, strong purple, more red than blue, which as the name suggests, is a perfect match for Eggplant.  Also very nice in reduced strength, as a more indigo shade of pale purple.

Wedgewood

I was quite surprised by this gel, as it resembles paint more than gel, but still mixes perfectly. A good match for 'Wedgewood Blue', but also a really nice Sky Blue, certainly a more pleasing shade than the current Sky Blue, which tends to turn out somewhat neon in my experience.

Pumpkin

Well yep, Pumpkin. Pretty accurate Pumpkin colour, although a bit on the vibrant side for my liking. 

Cypress

Ooh! This one is my FAVOURITE! Its kinda like Avocado, but not quite as green, and with a slight grey hue.  Stunning in full strength, and reduced strength.

Midnight

Super dark blue! Not unlike Navy, but a bit darker, and a slightly blacker blue. Also still really pretty at reduced strength. Makes a very nice pastel blue.

Espresso

Finally a proper dark brown! Perfect for vines, looks likes chocolate. There are no losers here.

So how do they look?

I put them to use in my new cake "Roses at Midnight", which is iced with reduced strength Midnight, and textured with a silicone pastry brush.  The roses were piped with Maroon and full strength Cypress, and I used reduced strength Cypress for the larger blossoms.

I used full strength Midnight for the small blossoms, and full strength Espresso for the vines. I also piped some Ranunculus in white, just to keep it light.

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So what do I recommend?

I think they are all great, but I personally LOVE Cypress, Midnight, and Espresso. They are actually colours that I mix together regularly, so having them straight out of a bottle, fills me with joy! Perfect for Autumn/Fall cakes, and for warmer colour schemes

Viva La Buttercream x