Question On Chocolate Buttercream

Decorating By holliellen Updated 10 Mar 2011 , 2:38pm by cakeandpartygirl

holliellen Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 7:42pm
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I use sugar shacks recipe for BC and I just add cocoa powder to it and its good but I dont think it gets dark enough or quite as chocolaty as I would like. How do you get your chocolate BC darker and more flavorful?
Thanks,

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Jeff_Arnett Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 7:55pm
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Originally Posted by holliellen

I use sugar shacks recipe for BC and I just add cocoa powder to it and its good but I dont think it gets dark enough or quite as chocolaty as I would like. How do you get your chocolate BC darker and more flavorful?
Thanks,


More flavor....melted unsweetened chocolate....more color.....brown food coloring....the coloring also help prevent the streaked effect you sometimes get when you smooth chocolate icing with a hot knife.

TexasSugar Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 8:20pm
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Special Dark Cocoa powder is what I use.

If you want it darker or more chocolately add more chocolate too it. You just may need to add a little more fat or liquid to it.

CWR41 Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 11:16pm
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Hershey's Chocolate Syrup + black food coloring.

pattycakesnj Posted 8 Mar 2011 , 11:35pm
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melted chocolate chips mixed into bc

NanaSandy Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 4:37am
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I use the unsweetened chocolate and it is yummy. My family really likes it

pmarks0 Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 4:48am
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You could also add chocolte ganache to the icing. I never have, but I was speaking to a pro one day about chocolate icing and she told me that's what she does. I haven't tried it yet, but I intend to.

icer101 Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 4:58am
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I make Toba Garrett's . Delicious!! you add ganache to it. so creamy and good.

Sangriacupcake Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 2:22pm
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Sugarshack's recipe is all high-ratio shortening, but chocolate buttercream tastes best with butter. In addition to the above recommendations, try subbing out some of the shortening with butter.

Or, instead of trying to adapt this recipe, just use a good chocolate buttercream recipe! The one on the Hershey's can is pretty good.

JulieMN Posted 9 Mar 2011 , 11:56pm
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Originally Posted by TexasSugar

Special Dark Cocoa powder is what I use.




I use it too....makes a nice deep dark brown.... thumbs_up.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:14am
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Originally Posted by Sangriacupcake

Sugarshack's recipe is all high-ratio shortening, but chocolate buttercream tastes best with butter. In addition to the above recommendations, try subbing out some of the shortening with butter.

Or, instead of trying to adapt this recipe, just use a good chocolate buttercream recipe! The one on the Hershey's can is pretty good.




I tried that one once but it had a little bitter taste to it to me but maybe I will try it again and see what happens.

newbaker55 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 12:36am
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I made a Wilton's recipe chocolate BC with 1/2 butter-1/2 shortening and added ganache to boost the flavor. It was delish and RICH icon_surprised.gif but crusting wasn't in the cards. I just used it for a filling. Yum!!

tmgarcia_98 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 1:02am
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I go the semi-homemade route! I make homemade buttercream, and add in Pillsbury chocolate fudge frosting.

Sangriacupcake Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 2:00am
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Originally Posted by Sangriacupcake



Or, instead of trying to adapt this recipe, just use a good chocolate buttercream recipe! The one on the Hershey's can is pretty good.



I tried that one once but it had a little bitter taste to it to me but maybe I will try it again and see what happens.




Hmmm...bitter is not good. I haven't made it in a while, because I've been using a lot of whipped ganache.

How about Buddy Valastro's fudge frosting:

2 1/2 C. butter
5 C. powdered sugar
2/3 C. cocoa
1 T. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. milk

I saw it posted here on CC recently and I've been meaning to try it. I need something quick and not-too-fancy for kids' cupcakes.

Manderly42 Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 2:18am
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Originally Posted by tmgarcia_98

I go the semi-homemade route! I make homemade buttercream, and add in Pillsbury chocolate fudge frosting.




HA! That's what I do!! Delicious!!

corpsequeen Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 7:36am
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I use a chocolate fudge buttercream I found here on cc, very chocolatly and yummy!

cakeandpartygirl Posted 10 Mar 2011 , 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by Sangriacupcake

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Originally Posted by cakeandpartygirl

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Originally Posted by Sangriacupcake



Or, instead of trying to adapt this recipe, just use a good chocolate buttercream recipe! The one on the Hershey's can is pretty good.



I tried that one once but it had a little bitter taste to it to me but maybe I will try it again and see what happens.



Hmmm...bitter is not good. I haven't made it in a while, because I've been using a lot of whipped ganache.

How about Buddy Valastro's fudge frosting:

2 1/2 C. butter
5 C. powdered sugar
2/3 C. cocoa
1 T. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. milk

I saw it posted here on CC recently and I've been meaning to try it. I need something quick and not-too-fancy for kids' cupcakes.




Thanks I will be trying it!!

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