How To Make Black Frosting

How To Make Black Frosting

Eloise of the Gourmet Cupcake company ( gives a detailed explanation on how to make black frosting for cupcakes and deserts. One of the tricks is to use food colouring paste as opposed to liquid food colourings.

Hi, I'm Eloise from the Gourmet Cupcake Company in Chelmsford in Essex. I'm going to show you some handy how-to's on icing and decorating cup cakes. Now I'm going to show you how to make black frosting.

So the first thing we need is 250 grams of unsalted butter. Your butter really needs to be soft, so if you've just taken it out of the fridge, you'll have to wait a couple of hours until it's room temperature. This is just so it's easier to mix and combine with the icing sugar in the mixer.

So, put the butter in first. Next thing we need is 500 grams of icing sugar. It's just normal, plain icing sugar and I'm going to add this to the butter.

So I've got a large freestanding mixer here, but if you don't have one of these, you can use any kind of hand whisk and using the beater attachments on that. So just put your ingredients in a separate bowl, put your hand blender in with the beater attachments and just mix it up like I'm going to now. These are particularly useful because they have this on the top, so this icing shield guard helps to keep the ingredients in the bowl.

So first of all, I'm going to turn the mixer on to a low speed and the reason we do this is just to make sure you don't blast all the icing sugar out of the bowl. So we want to mix it on a really low speed until it starts to combine in and after it start to combine, then you can turn it up to a higher speed. After it starts to combine, then you can turn it up to a higher speed and beat it then for around about 2-3 minutes.

Just watch it and make sure that it's going really light and fluffy. So I'm going to turn the mixer on now. So as you can see now, it's starting to combine, so this is the point where you can turn the mixer up to a higher speed.

And I'm going to do that as I said, 2-3 minutes. Okay, so now that's done. You can see the color slightly paler and the consistency.

So now at this point, to the frosting, I'm going to just add some vanilla extract. So for this quantity, I'm going to add a teaspoon. And then, put it back in the mixer and mix it about again.

Okay, so the next thing we're going to do is take some icing out of here and put it in a separate bowl. So just using however much you want to colour black in the bowl and I've got here some really strong paste food colouring. This is really different to liquid food colourings that you can buy because you can add a lot of it to get a vibrant colour without actually changing the consistency of what you're working with.

So for butter cream, it's quite thick now. If I added a liquid colouring, it may make it go too runny. So the trick to getting black frosting, is to use a paste colouring.

I'm just going to take out a little bit like that, just add it to the frosting, and mix it in with the spoon. And it's best to start with little bits of colour and you can always add to it to get the strong colour that you want. So obviously with that being more of a grey now, I'll add a little bit more.

So the more you add, the darker it gets. And that's how you make black frosting. .