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How to Make Black Frosting with Food Coloring

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cupcake frosting with black food coloring

Black frosting is perfect when you have to decorate a cake or cupcakes for a specific theme occasion. It is widely used during Halloween and makes your cake decor more beautiful. Although you may find different ways to add black color to your frosting, mixing a few colors and getting the black color is super easy. So, if you are wondering how to make black frosting with food coloring…read ahead and find out!

 

Can You Get Black Frosting with a Natural Ingredient?

black squid ink

Absolutely! In the past, artificial dyes were used to achieve a deep black color in frosting and other baking products. However, many people are now looking for more natural alternatives when it comes to ingredients in their food. Fortunately, several natural ingredients can create a deep black shade for frostings and other baked goods.

  • Squid Ink: It adds an amazing flavor and can be used in risotto, pasta dishes, and even desserts. To use it as a frosting colorant, simply mix some squid ink powder into your buttercream recipe until you’ve achieved the desired shade of black.
  • Cocoa Powder: If you’re going for something less intense than squid ink, this could be a great option for you. Mix cocoa powder into your frosting until you reach the desired shade of black. Keep in mind that the color will deepen slightly over time – so if possible, start with a lighter shade than what you want your final result to be!
  • Activated Charcoal: This type of charcoal is made from wood or coconut shells and has an incredibly strong pigment – perfect for tinting food items like frostings or icings. To use it as a coloring agent, simply mix it into your buttercream recipe until you have reached your desired shade of black. Just keep in mind that activated charcoal can impart a slightly bitter taste – so only use the amount necessary!

 

Can You Make Black Frosting with Food Coloring?

black food color

Although we have natural and organic ingredients that can give you a black color, you can also make it using food coloring. All you need to do is mix the right colors in the right quantity and you will get a black color. You can deepen it as much as you like.

 

How to Make Black with Food Coloring

Making black food color using food coloring is very easy. All you need is three food colors, i.e., blue, red and green. The main thing to note here is the ratio. If you get the ratio right, you can make the perfect black color. Here is the ratio:

  • Blue: 1 part
  • Green: 2 and a half parts
  • Red: 3 parts

Mix all these colors in a bowl. You can increase the quantity of the food colors according to your color preference. Plus you can also store this newly created black color for later use.

 

Tips to Remember

Black gel food coloring

Here are some of the best tips for getting the perfect black frosting with food coloring every time.

  • The key to making a vibrant black frosting is starting with a blank canvas: white buttercream or cream cheese frosting is ideal for this. Anything other than white will affect the color of your result and make it harder to achieve true blackness.
  • Always use premium quality food colors.
  • Gel food coloring is much more concentrated than liquid food coloring, so it produces better results when trying to achieve a deep black color.
  • It is best to start by adding very small amounts and mixing thoroughly before deciding if more needs to be added. This will help ensure that your frosting doesn’t turn out too dark or have an odd flavor from being over-colored.
  • Having all ingredients mixed evenly is essential for achieving consistent results when making any type of frosting or cake batter – this especially applies when using food coloring!
  • When storing your finished product, it is important to remember that certain types of gel food coloring are more prone to fading than others – so make sure you store them away from direct sunlight and heat sources if possible!

 

How to Make Black Frosting with Food Coloring

cupcake frosting with black food coloring

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time:  10 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the Black Food Color:

  • 2 drops of blue food coloring
  • 5 drops of green food coloring
  • 6 drops of red food coloring

Instructions

  1. Add softened butter and sugar in a standing mixer bowl, and whisk for a few minutes at low to medium speed until stiff peaks appear.
  2. Add heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract, and whisk until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. In a bowl mix food colors red, green and blue in the ratio as mentioned above and mix well.
  4. Add drops of the prepared black food color in the frosting and gently fold. Keep on adding the food color until you get the desired shade of black.
black-frosting

How to Make Black Frosting with Food Coloring

Preparation time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 10 minutes; Total time: 15 minutes; Servings: 2

Ingredients
  

  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Black Food Color:
  • 2 drops of blue food coloring
  • 5 drops of green food coloring
  • 6 drops of red food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Add softened butter and sugar in a standing mixer bowl, and whisk for a few minutes at low to medium speed until stiff peaks appear.
  • Add heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract, and whisk until you reach your desired consistency.
  • In a bowl mix food colors red, green and blue in the ratio as mentioned above and mix well.
  • Add drops of the prepared black food color in the frosting and gently fold. Keep on adding the food color until you get the desired shade of black.

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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