Dumb Question- Can You Make Chocolate Frosting Blue?

Decorating By Newbieone Updated 6 Oct 2008 , 10:34pm by redpanda

Newbieone Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 5:08pm
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I'm making a superhero cake for my 4 year old and was wondering if I want a dark blue cake base, can I use chocolate frosting since I'm having chocolate cake? Common sense tells me it will turn out brown, but just wondering what the experts think.

Thanks so much!

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cakedesigner59 Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 7:12pm
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If I understand you right, you are asking if brown/chocolate icing can be turned blue? The answer to that would be no. It will turn a greyish/brownish yuckish color.

Kitagrl Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 7:35pm
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I would fill the cake in chocolate and then crumb coat it in chocolate...then ice over it in blue.

Wildrose6633 Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 7:55pm
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O I would use white chocolate and use candy food coloring and turn it blue that way

seagoat Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 8:35pm
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or you could ice it chocolate, then use a white ganache colored blue and pour it over the cake (like petit fours)

Oh, I just read the OP...You were talking about the board. lol

cakedesigner59 Posted 4 Oct 2008 , 10:51pm
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I guess I misunderstood....I thought she meant ON the cake.

Wildrose6633 Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 12:53am
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oops I thought on the cake too icon_redface.gif Sorry

Newbieone Posted 5 Oct 2008 , 9:46pm
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Sorry, I meant I wanted the cake to be blue. So I guess the answer is no to the chocolate icings, but you gave me so me good optional ideas! THANKS!! icon_biggrin.gif

kandu001 Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 2:08am
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I would also use white chocolate and then color it blue. princess.gif

indydebi Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 3:02am
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whatever it is you're trying to turn blue, unless you are starting with white and tinting it blue, you cannot "create" blue. Blue is a primary color and cannot be created by mixing any other colors together.

KathysCC Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 3:33am
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I agree, you can't turn chocolate icing blue but I have a funny story about blue cake.

For my 5th birthday I told my mom that I wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate icing but I wanted the cake to be blue. Could this have been the beginnings of Kathyscc, the budding cake decorator? icon_lol.gif

Somehow, my mom made this chocolate cake and added blue dye to it and it came out blue but sort of a deep dark midnight blue. She iced the cake with chocolate icing and I will never forget the way it looked.

As was his habit, my dad took his dessert in his lunchbox the next day and my mom joked that he would be so embarassed to eat that blue cake at work in front of everyone. When he came home we asked if he was embarassed and he said, "yes, I ate it on the roof" I believed him at the time and to this day I have a picture in my head of my daddy sitting on the tall roof (about 10 stories high ) of his work eating blue cake with chocolate icing.

So you can turn the cake blue but probably not the icing.

Petit-four Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 3:19pm
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I think Kitagirl suggested this too, but I've done "white" wedding cakes in with a base coat of chocolate icing. icon_rolleyes.gif

1) Ice it in chocolate, then chill it well.
2) Then pipe a soft BC icing in your chosen color(blue) over the iced cake, using the #21 or a #10 tip, space the lines about 1/4" to 1/2" apart.
3) Smooth it down. You'll get a thin layer of colored icing over chocolate without disturbing the layer below.

Hope this helps! thumbs_up.gif

Newbieone Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 4:46pm
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Oh my gosh, thank you guys for the cute story and the good idea on how to get both of my wishes. I hadn't thought about turning the cake blue, but that would be a cool memory for my soon to be five year old!
I will definitely try chilling the cake if I want the chocolate frosting on there. I want to dry that "darn good chocolate cake" in the recipes here, and didn't know if it would taste that good without chocolate frosting!

cakedesigner59 Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 5:12pm
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If it's the same recipe as found in the Cake Mix Doctor book, it's awesome and will work with any icing.

redpanda Posted 6 Oct 2008 , 10:34pm
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I think that the amount of blue food coloring necessary to turn chocolate cake batter blue would probably have some undesirable after-effects. I'm trying to be delicate here...the food coloring isn't entirely broken down during digestion, so people eating the cake may have a bit of a surprise in the next day or so.

Sort of like Tidy-Bowl blue, without the TidyBowl!

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