Black Buttercream

Decorating By SandiOh Updated 11 May 2010 , 3:01pm by jdelaney81

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SandiOh Posted 11 May 2010 , 2:09pm
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I'm sure this has been asked a million times...but...what is the best way to get black buttercream, esp if I don't have powdered black.

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raquel1 Posted 11 May 2010 , 2:15pm
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If you have an air brush that's what I would do instead of coloring the bc. It's funny when people eat deep colored icing and get the colored mouth look icon_lol.gif If you don't have one I've heard you can get the spray stuff at Hobby Lobby.

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Danielle1218 Posted 11 May 2010 , 2:24pm
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I cheat....I buy a can of Pillsbury frosting, put it in a large bowl. I add Wilton black to it until it looks dark black. Then I start adding powdered sugar until I get it the consistency I want. When I took the cake decorating classes, that is what my instuctor did....and she owned a bakery in NYC for 20 years.

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flamingobaker Posted 11 May 2010 , 2:25pm
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It is easier to get black by first starting with brown icing (either colored brown or chocolate) and then adding black color.
I agree with raquel1, if it is for a large part of the cake, use an airbrush or the edible sprays.

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SuzyNoQ Posted 11 May 2010 , 2:43pm
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I have never tried it but after reading other posts about in the past I would start with dark chocolate or chocolate frosting, so you use less black.

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jdelaney81 Posted 11 May 2010 , 3:01pm
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I personally start with dark chocolate icing, and add the black coloring from there. I have found that the more gel coloring you use the funnier the taste of the icing. And of course, people don't end up with black teeth.

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