Trying To Make My Chocolate Frosting Darker!!!!!

Baking By LISSI15 Updated 3 Mar 2010 , 11:50pm by brincess_b

LISSI15 Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 4:43pm
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I've prepared a Chocolate Butter Frosting following this Recipie,
- 6 oz. Butter
- 5 oz. Cocoa
- 3 oz. Milk
- 4 cups confectioners sugar (aprox.)
- 3 tsp. Vanilla

I've mixed butter with cocoa and added milk and vanilla slowly, at the end I've incorporated sugar.

....BUT.... I don't know WHY does the color of my frosting has become lighter and doesn't keep it's original dark chocolate color which I want... does I have to apply any other ingredient as hot water to make a reaction in the color???? PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

10 replies
sadsmile Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 4:52pm
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Dark chocolate frosting is usually made with melted dark chocolate. Try adding brown color to it. Also try the dark cocoa powder next time. They have black cocoa that is super rich.

Loucinda Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 4:56pm
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Hersheys makes a special dark chocolate cocoa that makes a really dark chocolate buttercream.

lardbutt Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 5:03pm
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I almost always add brown color to mine.

FullHouse Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 5:05pm
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I use Hershrey's Dark cocoa and add Americolor choc brown.

KathysCC Posted 11 Feb 2010 , 5:30pm
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One way to make it darker is to melt the cocoa first. You have to be careful not to burn the chocolate. Melt the butter in a pan, just until warm, then stir in the chocolate. Depending on the amounts, you should have a very soft ball of chocolate that comes away from the sides of the pan and is slightly warm. Put it in your mixing bowl and add some powdered sugar first to make the mixture softer, yes it will become softer. Then slowly incorporate your other ingredients

Ballymena Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 9:37am
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I use real Dutch chocolate I get at a Dutch Deli. It is much browner than American/Canadian chocolate.

bbmom Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 10:59am
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Originally Posted by Loucinda

Hersheys makes a special dark chocolate cocoa that makes a really dark chocolate buttercream.

Yes, this is fabulous. even the recipe right off the container makes a dark dark buttercream and its so yummy. Check your grocery store, its fairly new (at least here).

KathysCC Posted 16 Feb 2010 , 6:23pm
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I've tried the Special Dark Cocoa powder. I love dark chocolate and Special Dark candy bars but I found that this cocoa powder gives your icing a grayish chocolate color. Honestly is was almost gross looking. It also gives it a really, really strong taste...not what we were used to on our chocolate cakes. I finally finished the can by mixing a small amount of it with regular cocoa but I wouldn't buy it again. Just not my thing.

LISSI15 Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 11:33pm
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Hey girls! Thanks for your replies. Sorry for answering a bit later.
According to the Frosty I noticed that the much confectionery sugar I add, the more lighter it becomes.

brincess_b Posted 3 Mar 2010 , 11:50pm
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the ps is white, so yes, it will lighten the mix.
taste it. does it taste like chocolate? yes? then add more brown food dye.
no? then add more chocolate/ cocoa, and see how it looks.

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