I am about to attempt my first FBCT and took the time to review the article here on CC as well as some youtube videos.
However, most of the instructions suggest the use of the black ready-made icing in the tube but I can't find it locally (apparently it is better to use this instead of black buttercream because the BC tends to bleed).
Can I use black piping gel instead to make my outline?
Yes, you can, or you can use a darker version of some color you have in the design - a dark green, brown, purple or blue, for example. I've outlined in my own black buttercream with no problems, though.
I'll try the black buttercream and see how it works.
I have only ever used homemade butter cream, colored black by me, and I haven't had bleeding issues.
You could try piping gel, but I'm not sure it'd give you the same look. Plus it might not release completely from the wax paper.
Here's an update!
I attempted the FBCT yesterday and it turned out great! I'll try to upload a photo later.
Thanks again, ladies