sbcakes Posted 30 Aug 2007 , 10:04pm
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I am making a wedding cake for tomorrow. The bride wants chocolate buttercream in a dark choc. brown color. Her colors are choc brown and pink. I made the chocolate BC dream recipe and have added a ton of brown and some black color, but I can't achieve the color I want. Now I have like 15 cups of choc BC Dream, but not in the right color! HELP!!!!

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beachcakes Posted 30 Aug 2007 , 10:43pm
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I think it might turn darker overnight. I've seen a dark cocoa - I think it was by Hershey? Perhaps you can add some of that?

sbcakes Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 12:43am
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Thank you beachcakes for your response...
Anyone else have any other ideas, maybe even a good recipe to get it that dark? Thanks guys!

zubia Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 12:52am
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I had the same problem ,and nice people on CC advised to let it stand over night .And It was darkere after few hours. Try that and I also added melted dark chocolate to it .Good luck

redpanda Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 12:58am
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Dutch Process cocoa (in any chocolate BC recipe) will make a darker chocolate icing. The only other suggestion I have won't do you much good right now, unless you have a good cake supply store near you, since you're on a tight timeline. I have found that the Americolor colorings really work well, especially the Super Black.

I definitely agree with the suggestion to let the icing sit for at least several hours to darken.

debster Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 12:58am
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Let me know if you find one , I've been trying different chocolate ones and have yet to find a keeper. Good luck to you. I also want the darkest brown color and do not have any luck getting it.

sbcakes Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:04am
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oh man...I am thinking maybe adding some choc ganache to it? I have been using the americolor brown and ran out...now I am onto the Wilton stuff!

RRGibson Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:06am
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Chocolate ganache should do the trick!

jwong9664 Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:16am
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i just made some choc bc last week using cocoa powder and it turned into a deep, dark brown. it tasted marvelous! i subed about 1/4 cup in the reg. recipe. hths!

ssunshine564 Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:16am
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Originally Posted by beachcakes

I think it might turn darker overnight. I've seen a dark cocoa - I think it was by Hershey? Perhaps you can add some of that?





beachcakes is right. Hersheys just came out with a new product. " Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark". I just used it to make my chocolate buttercream and boy did it turn dark. Also, you don't need to add as much of it as you would your regular Hershey's Cocoa. icon_wink.gif

chocomama Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:23am

I agree with zubia, but I've never tried the new Hershey's. This is the recipe I use... http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-1941-6-My-Easy-Chocolate-Buttercream-Frosting.html... and it gets darkest if you use chocolate squares rather than regular cocoa.

sbcakes Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 2:49am

OK-I just added some choc ganache to it...definitly looks better, but not dark enough. I am off to the store to buy some of that hershey's dark cocoa! Looks like I am pulling an all nighter!!!
I hope this works!

redpanda Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 5:19am

Good luck! I bet it'll taste yummy!

diane Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 10:42am

you can add hershey's powdered chocolate, or try using some dove dark chocolate syrup. icon_biggrin.gif

grama_j Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 10:50am

Just tried the Hershey's Special Dark cocoa yesterday and it was just PERFECT........ I have been looking for a dark chocolate icing for years and FINALLY got it !

debster Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 10:58am

granma_j I have to go get me some, now because it's dark chocolate does it have the dark chocolate bitter taste ? Or does it taste like the milk chocolate? Thanks

diane Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 11:03am

it does have a bitter taste, but when you mix it in the icing you can't notice it.

MissRobin Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 1:16pm

Try Toba Garrett's Chocolate Buttercream icing, www.epicurious.com, it is to die for and it is pretty dark. It has chocolate ganache and dutch processed cocoa in it, definitely worth the effort, the taste is phenomenal.

zubia Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 2:13pm
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Originally Posted by MissRobin

Try Toba Garrett's Chocolate Buttercream icing, www.epicurious.com, it is to die for and it is pretty dark. It has chocolate ganache and dutch processed cocoa in it, definitely worth the effort, the taste is phenomenal.




I agree with Miss Robin .I tried this recipe and every one loved it .I substitued Alcohal with chocolate syrup.I have been looking for dark cocao powder but no such luck yet.

MissRobin Posted 31 Aug 2007 , 2:26pm
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Originally Posted by MissRobin

Try Toba Garrett's Chocolate Buttercream icing, www.epicurious.com, it is to die for and it is pretty dark. It has chocolate ganache and dutch processed cocoa in it, definitely worth the effort, the taste is phenomenal.



I agree with Miss Robin .I tried this recipe and every one loved it .I substitued Alcohal with chocolate syrup.I have been looking for dark cocao powder but no such luck yet.


I just found some Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa at Walmart the other day, you might try there if you have one close. Otherwise there are several places on line to order.

sbcakes Posted 1 Sep 2007 , 2:06am

I just wanted to say thanks for everyone's help. I ended up using that Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa and it worked very well. Wasn't the greatest to ice with, but I managed! Here is a picture of the cake. Thanks again...You guys Rock!!!!! thumbs_up.gif
LL

zubia Posted 1 Sep 2007 , 9:29pm

very nice ,great color .

Parable Posted 1 Sep 2007 , 10:16pm

Duncan Hines makes an icing "Dark Chocolate" in the can. It's really really dark. I used it for the bottom cake of my PIG cake in my gallery. It is almost black. Which is what I was going for.

HTH

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