Where To Order Black Buttercream, Recommendations?

Decorating By forheavenscake Updated 22 Jan 2012 , 5:24pm by Bakingangel

forheavenscake Posted 20 Jan 2012 , 8:37pm
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Hi everyone. .I have some piping I need to do on a cake and truthfully do not want to mess with making my own black icing and trying to get it "black" enough. so I'm just going to order some especially since it's just for piping and not needed to ice the whole cake.

All i can find is the CK brand. .does anyone have any experience with that brand? I found some really negative reviews on Amazon for it so it got me nervous about ordering it.

Would love opinions on what brands have worked for you.


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lorieleann Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:17am
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i have never ordered it, but have a wilton tube (that you put a coupler ring and tube on), when i need just a tiny dot for a pupil or something.

I have good success making a dark cocoa buttercream (adding black cocoa) and Americolor gel paste. With the amount of dye needed to go black, i think the cocoa masks it nicely.

sillywabbitz Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 4:05am
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I use the Wilton tube too when I need black. It's worked out well for me for small areas. If you don't like the tube. Cut the top off and squeeze it into a regular piping bag.

forheavenscake Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:32pm
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I am piping 3 tiers and that wilton tube would not go far and I don't care for the texture of it. . good for dots and tiny things, but not swirl piping etc. (in my opinion)

I dont' really want to use the cocoa icing, because it will add chocolate flavor to the cake and it's a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream .. .so I don't think that would mesh well.

I guess I"ll just have to order it and cross my fingers! LOL

cashley Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:40pm
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Use super black americolor and you will never again have any problems making black. You don't need very much to color it black. I was skeptical when I heard this too but gave it a try and will never go back.

forheavenscake Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:41pm
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I have americolor and still have never been able to get it jet black???

cashley Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 3:47pm
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Originally Posted by forheavenscake

I have americolor and still have never been able to get it jet black???

You have to use the super black not just black color

brenda549 Posted 21 Jan 2012 , 8:29pm
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If you are in a pinch, use the Wilton tubes and add tiny amounts of piping gel until it smooths out to your preference.

I used the Wilton tubes to pipe the 4 tier wedding cake in my photos. Not my best piping work, but I was quite nervous using black for piping the first time. What you see in the picture is replicated on the back of the cake. There is also black borders piped as well (those are difficult to see). I used one and one half tubes. I did not like the texture either, so I squeezed it into a bowl and added a touch of piping gel. The texture ended up being perfect.

lorieleann Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 4:36am
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I've also noticed that black (like red) tends to darken after a few hours. So plan on making it and letting it sit overnight to see what your darker color will be. And second on 'Super Black' from americolor

Bakingangel Posted 22 Jan 2012 , 5:24pm
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Dry or powder food colors are available at cake supply stores and on line. I had a problem once with trying to make black and the butter cream started to break down the more liquid color I added to it. I called my local cake supply store and they told me about the colors available in a powder form. They worked great.

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