Queen is a long established family-owned Brisbane based manufacturer of colourings, flavourings and baking ingredients. Its name is an acknowledgement of Queen Victoria’s love of vanilla, an essential ingredient still famously utilised in the classic Victoria sponge cake. Impressively, Queen can trace it’s lineage back to the Victorian era, winning its first medals in 1897, yet is capable of producing innovative products such as the Vanilla Bean Grinder, coarsely or finely grinding three whole Bourbon vanilla pods. Nowadays, Queen’s range is very extensive including staples such as vanilla and rum essences, as well as fun items like writing icings and chocolate mills.
Apart from their heritage and innovation, they also won an accolade from us for replying very quickly to our enquiry about the g-f status of their products, confirming all Queen food colours and essences, including their vanilla essences are gluten free. Crucial to this is that the alcohol used as a base is derived from sugar cane. Queen flavourings and colourings are easily available in supermarkets in Hong Kong and Singapore.
In the UK, companies such as the Cake Decorating Company who sell cake making products online have a small gluten-free section, stocking g-f flavourings and Sugar flair colourings and decorations such as silver dragee pearls and coloured dustings, glitter and colouring pastes if creating sweet confections is your thing, it might be worth checking out their website.
The Cake Decorating Company, Unit 2b Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2GA Tel: 0115 969 9800