I made chocolate buttercream today for the first time. It tastes fine but it is not a dark chocolate brown . . . more of a light brown. I've added almost two containers of brown coloring hoping to darken it up. I've also added more cocoa powder but it is still not dark enough. Anyone know how to achieve the rich, dark color I'm looking for? I'm afraid it will start to taste bad if I add more coloring.
Black food coloring will help or Hershey's liquid chocolate (for chocolate milk).
I've dealt with the same issue. I agree, that adding small amounts of black food color till you get the fudgy brown color you're looking for, is the way to go.
When you want a dark chocolate frosting, use the Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate cocoa...it makes it a much deeper brown.
I use melted bittersweet chocolate like Bakers Chocolate squares with butter, icing sugar and milk or cream. It gets a fudgy brown colour and taste. Coco has nice taste but doesn't get as dark.
I agree with Loucinda. I just made salt dough cookies and I wanted them gingerbread colored. The Hershey's Dark was too dark but the dutch processed was just right.
Thanks for the help everyone. I'll try adding a little black. Next time I'll try the Hershey's Dark Cocoa instead. It is people like you that make me LOVE this site. So helpful
The Dark brown I wanted one time, wasn't dark enough so I put it in an air tight container, left it out in the daylight and the color intensified.
I love the chocolatey taste so I add LOTS of cocoa powder. Also a half tsp coffee improves the taste greatly, seems to complement the chocolate.