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Karen03 Sun 18-Nov-12 14:57:12


Any good tips for getting a really black buttercream? Do you start with a brown choc buttercream? Which is the best black gel food colour?


HoneyDragon Sun 18-Nov-12 14:58:50

sugarflair. you can et them on eBay. Will give perfect black smile

OhDearSpareHeadTwo Mon 19-Nov-12 01:08:34

Use white vegetable fat as a base rather than butter. This will help you achieve a true black rather than a yellowy shade which you will get with butter

Or use a swiss merinuge buttercream which is also very white but better tasting. You need to incorporate lots of air to whiten your buttercream

rockinhippy Mon 19-Nov-12 01:14:47

You can use mascarpone cheese, or thick cream instead of butter of veg fat, keeps the taste and the colour wink

nannycook Mon 19-Nov-12 21:46:06

Ooo Karen03, what are you making to use black buttercream? i'm intrigued!

Startail Mon 19-Nov-12 21:57:16

I wouldn't try, very dark chocolate icing or ready made black fondant.

Your going to have a real problem making black butter cream that still tastes reasonable.

HoneyDragon Mon 19-Nov-12 22:02:06

I used black sugarflair paste last year for Halloween cakes and it was fine confused

peeriebear Mon 19-Nov-12 22:07:03

I attempted this last year- DD1's birthday cake. It was rainbow cake with black icing instead of the usual white. I bought Betty Crocker chocolate frosting and added black gel dye. I couldn't get it fully black as the taste of the dye started to be noticeable, but it was very dark.

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