Do I use brown food colouring? I would like a recipe that is fudgy and dark looking, not pasty light brown. Any suggestions? Thanks.
What about adding extra cocoa powder? It's worked with mine. Good luck!
I'm certainly no expert, but are you using natural or dutch process cocoa? I know that dutch process is darker. I actually made some last night using the Hershey's special dark (it's a mix of dutch process and natural) and it came out pretty dark and fudgey looking. I used a lot, though.
You might try Wilton's ready made chocolate icing in the one pound containers. I know it's not homemade, but it's a good stiff decorator icing that is a nice deep chocolate brown color and it tastes really good. Just try it! Otherwise, if you want to color your own I would go with Americolor chocolate brown soft gel.
I have tried using brown coloring, melted chocolate and natural cocoa powder and could never get it really deep brown. The thing that did the trick was Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder. It was just what I was looking for. If you can find it, give it a try.
I have not tried this but I have heard to add a some black icing color to it and it will get darker.
I get pretty dark with Baker's Unsweetened chocolate melted and added...