Black Icing

Decorating By bntbushnell Updated 11 Sep 2009 , 8:47pm by tiptop57

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bntbushnell Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 7:06pm
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can anyone tell me, what the secret is to getting true black icing...... Do you start out using chocolate buttercream and then add black gel coloring?

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prterrell Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 7:49pm
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1 - do NOT use Wilton colors. Americolor, Chefmaster, and CK are the brands to use.
2 - you have to use a LOT more of the black (same for red) to get it dark enough
3 - remember that colors deepen with time. I have found that if I get my black to a dark gray, by the time the cake is eaten/delivered it has "matured" to a nice black.
4 - yes, starting with chocolate buttercream helps!

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tonedna Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 7:57pm
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I use chefmaster.. And I put lots. Here is a tutorial on making brown, but is the same way with black.

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G_Cakes Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 8:00pm
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I have used wilton colors and find them to be ok icon_smile.gif but the secret to making black or red is to start with a tinted or dark base to begin with icon_smile.gif

Chocolate would be the way to go for a baseicon_smile.gif

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tiptop57 Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 8:47pm
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Hello - just stopping by CC for a visit and thought I'd help answer your question.

I start out by adding equal amounts of (red and blue) or (green and blue) or (red and green) till you get a truly ugly color then start adding black alone then you don't have to add the whole bottle. I use Americolor. Works with fondant or BC.

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